Adononcos paviflora – 365 days of orchids – day 983

Our orchids are really enjoying the summer weather and their active growing season as shown by our ‘specimen miniature’ here with lots of fresh new green leaves and a flush of new flowers. Adononcos parviflora is one of our most reliable miniatures is this tiny vandaceous species from South East Asia and Malaysia.

The species grows in low montane and hill forest, in South East Asia and Malaysia, from 300-1300m and so it is very at home in our Warm Asia section. We grow this species on a small piece of cork bark as you can see in the photo. This shows the plant off in a natural way and stops it getting smothered by moss in a pot. We spray it with water once a day and in the summer the water contains feed at around 400 microseimens.

The flower is tiny but very attractive as long as you have good eye sight or a macro lens. We guess it must be pollinated by a gnat or a tiny ant as it is close to the stem. Flowers are produced throughout the year and are always a point of interest. We have had this plant for many years now and it has become a multi-stemmed specimen which greatly extends the flowering period.


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