Platystele stenostchya – 365 days of orchids – day 1004

We have some very small flowered orchids and an extreme case is this tiny orange flowered species from South and Central America.

Platystele stenostachya is a mini-miniature found all the way from Mexico in the north to Peru in the South. It has been reported from sea level up to 1700m and with such a range is not surprisingly a variable species in terms of flower colour and shape. Our plants have tiny golden star like flowers with a deep orange lip. The species is almost always in flower and a really interesting addition to any collection.

The species is a tough little grower and produces lots of roots suggesting it can cope in dryer conditions that a lot of the tiny members of the pleurothallis family. We have had this plant for a few years and it is approaching specimen size. This week it is covered with flowers as the overall impact is subtly spectacular.


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