Schoenorchis gemmata – 365 days of orchids – day 902

This is a small flowered species from the Himalayas and South East Asia which has a branching habit that eventually produces a profusion of flowers. The flowers are really sweet up close (thanks Ed for today’s macro shot)

Our larger plant shown here is reaching the point where it is flower most of the time and adds real interest to Warm Asia – especially if you are carrying a magnifying glass.

We have seen the species in Sikkim at around 1000m altitude but it is reported from 450m to 2500m. We found it growing in evergreen forest where it receives some moisture during the dry season and lots of rainfall during the monsoon summers.

We find that with us the species does best in a shady spot in Warm Asia in a basket suspended horizontally so that the plant can adopt its natural pendulous habit. We have also seen excellent plants mounted.


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