365 days of orchids – day 730 – Isabellia pulchella

Today we have a Brazilian species that I have seen described as a miniature orchid and though it flowers as a tiny plant, it grows into wonderful specimen plant over time. This plant has made a ball around a small basket and for the next few weeks will been covered in yummy little pink flowers from the top of the newest bulbs.

The species is native to cloud forest in the Mata Atlantica and enjoys growing cool and moist in our Cool Americas section and the moss growing in this plant has grown there by itself (we keep the moss under control so that it doesn’t smother the plant). As you can see the plant grows out in all directions and we find that wrapping it back on itself helps to keep a compact plant.


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