365 days of orchids – day 612 – Malaxis kobi

A miniature that people enjoyed finding on our display at the Bristol University Botanic Gardens was this miniature terrestrial.

Malaxis kobi is endemic to Java where it is found as a terrestrial in evergreen forests from 900-2100m and so is a species that likes to grow cool, damp and shaded. A terrestrial grows in the ground but in this habitat the ground is more leaf litter than soil and so we pot the species in moss and bark similar to our epiphytic damp loving species.

Although the species is Asian we find it does best amongst our masdevallias in our Cool Americas Section.


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