365 days of orchids – day 599 – Stelis lapoi

With the Bristol University Bee and Pollination Festival just a week away it is time to start checking which orchids will be good to go. One that will be at its peak is Stelis lapoi which has more flower spikes on this August than ever before.

Stelis lapoi is one of our larger Stelis species with leaves reaching 20cm and long flower stems with partially opening 1cm flowers. The flowers bloom all together and when several stems flower together they look very attractive. We expect this plant to be full of flower until around Christmas.

The species is native to Ecuador and enjoys conditions in our Cool Americas section. We find it does well in a basket.


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