Pleurothallis gracillima – 365 days of orchids – day 963

This is a species we have lots of plants of and this week they are all flowering with masses of little yellow and pink flowers.

The species is a great example of a ‘miniature’ orchid that can grow into a specimen. Plants flower well as tiny plants in 3cm pots or mounted but if left for long enough it forms a ball that is covered in its delicate sprays of flowers.

This species of Pleurothallis is native to the cloud forests of Colombia and Ecuador. It is another from the Specklinia section and is a small growing species that produces masses of flower in the summer but can produce the odd spike at any time in addition.

We find it grows well mounted or in pots and baskets. We grow the species in Cool Americas with lots of water especially in the summer when it is in most active growth.


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