Rhychostylis retusa – 365 days of orchids – day 935

Today we have another species that is native to Borneo and one we may find in next week in Sarawak, Rhychostylis retusa, also known as the foxtail orchid.

The species actually has a very wide distribution from India through South East Asia to Malaysia and the Philippines and we have seen on semi-deciduous trees in the warm valleys of Sikkim up to around 1000m.. In its Sikkim habitat it experiences warm dry winters and hot wet summers and so we water the plant heavily in summer and just keep it from shrivelling in the winter. The plant is very happy in a basket in our Warm Asia section.

We are pleased that this year it has two spikes (it had one last year) and as this seedling plant starts to mature we look forward to multiple spikes and eventually the really impressive display the species is capable of.


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