365 days of orchids – day 498 – Pleurothallis amparoana

Yesterday we had a remarkable large orchid species and today it is a small one. Pleurothallis amparoana is native to wet montane forest in Costa Rica and Panama from 1200 to 1800m altitude and is unusual in the extremely furry flowers. We grow the species with most of our Pleurothallids in Cool Americas and find it particularly enjoys a small basket where we can keep it damp all year but with good drainage.

We have always called this the furry toilet seat orchid as the flowers look remarkably like a toilet bowl with fur on the seat and the half open lid! – we would love a better name – any ideas?


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