365 days of orchids – day 628 – Octomeria crassifolia
This is a medium sized plant with stiff leaves and a bunch of flowers produced at the base of each leaf in Autumn. The plants are very floriferous as they flower from old and new leaves together.
Octomeria crassifolia is found in Brazil, Ecuador and Uruguay in damp montane forest and we keep plants well watered all year although they seem to enjoy very free drainage in either a basket or mounted.
The flowers only last a week or two but for that short period the effect is very pretty and the flowers deserve close inspection as the petals and sepals are gorgeous being white with deep yellow tips. The lip has a prominent red spot to aid the pollinator. The flowers are also fragrant.