Renanthera imshcootiana – 365 days of orchids – day 885


One of the most attractive but difficult to photograph is this wonderful species of Renanthera.

Our plant is now 3m tall and straight (though it has finally produced its first side shoot) and it really enjoys growing in the top of our Warm Asia section.

This amazing red relative of Vanda is unfortunately one of the orchid species threatened by the trade in unsustainable wild collection. It is native to the Eastern Himalayas where it grows in warm evergreen forest along rivers from 500 to 1000m. Fortunately like most tropical epiphytic orchids it is easy to grow from seed to make the species common in cultivation and so reduce the pressure for wild collection.



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