365 days of orchids – day 627 – Stenoglottis fimbriata
We have two Stenoglottis species that are very similar. The first to flower is Stenoglottis fimbriata which has long spikes of pretty pink flowers which have darker spots and a lip that ends in three long filaments.
The leaves form a basal rosette and are heavily spotted in purple as is the the flower stem and the tiny leaflets up to where the flowers start.
The species comes from Eastern South Africa where it is found growing in moss and humus on rocks, banks and fallen trees in shaded forest an bush from the coast up to 1800m.
This is a habitat we have explored around Durban where forest remnants have a distinct wet season and dry season and many plants including Clivia and sundews find a niche on moss covered rocks along with orchids.
We grow the species in our Temperate section where it flowers from September to Christmas and then loses its leaves. We then give it a dryish rest until new shoots appear in late February from which time we give steadily increasing water.
We also grow the similar Stenoglottis longifolia which is a more robust plant without the attractive spotting found on the leaves of Stenoglottis fimbriata.
Beautiful close up photography!
Do these orchids have to be in a cool place? I know you grow them in the cool part of your greenhouse. Will a warm central heated room be too hot for them?
We grow our plants in our coolest section so the plants enjoy cool conditions but I always bring a plant into my living room for the weeks that it flowers and this never seems a problem. We also have several customers who keep their plants indoors throughout the year and grow fine plants.