Cleisostoma crassifolia – 365 days of orchids – day 916

We are now well into our summer flowering species and this is a reliable small growing member of the vanda family. There seems to be little known about this species which is native to the Philippines and  in common with most cleisostomas has flowers that open successively along the flower spike.

The long lasting flowers look like little birds in flight and are large for the size of the plant which is only 8cm across.

The thick leaves and the fat roots are a good indication that this species comes from a warm dryish forest and so we grow it mounted and hung high in Warm Asia where it thrives on a daily spray and good light.


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