365 days of orchids – day 617 – Macroclinium lineare

Yesterday we had a miniature flowering in-vitro and today we have a related miniature flowering on its cork mount in Warm Americas. This species is a true mini-miniature with a plant 3cm high and relatively large 1cm flowers in groups on short spikes.

Macroclinium lineare is found in warm mossy forests in Costa Rica and Panama at around 700-1400m. This species has shorter flower spikes than Macroclinium chasei  (day 117) but larger flowers, and when it flowers well it produces a profusion of flowers that all open together giving a great display.

We grow the species mounted in Warm Americas (Min 15C) and spray it daily. The pollinator is a euglossine bee.


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  1. Phil Gould says:

    Hi Simon ,
    A lovely species.
    Only thing to add is that it reflowers repeatedly off the same spike, actually in bud when still in full flower , so in my experience , never cut off spike unless you’re sure there aren’t more flowers to come.