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.
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.
Quite right – and what a useful; habit giving flowers over a long period.