365 days of orchids – day 729 – Trisetella strumosa

For Boxing day we have another species new to 365 days and a delightful miniature endemic to Ecuador.

Trisetella is a genus of miniatures and Trisetella strumosa produces a small clump of 1cm long leaves and striking flowers on 6cm stems held well clear of the leaves. The flowers are very large for the size of the plant and particularly attractive thanks to the yellow blobs on the end of the sepal tails. To me there is something rather comical about the flowers that makes them very endearing.

The species is native to cloud forest from 1500-1600m elevation and so plants enjoy cool wet conditions in our Cool Americas section. We only grow plants mounted as this displays plants perfectly as well as avoiding moss smothering plants which can happen easily in pots.


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