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Stelis polyantha – 365 days of orchids – day 964

Yesterday’s Pleurothallis gracillima has lots of small flowers but is out flowered by this species from Ecuador which has masses of really tiny flowers that give a great display.

The exquisite spikes of tiny pinky brown flowers really need a magnifying glass to be appreciated and really demonstrate the beauty of small flowered orchids.

Stelis polyantha is a small flowered species from Ecuador where it is found in cloud forest at around 3000m. The small size of the flowers is made up for in the number of flowers per spike and the number of spikes produces that give a pinky ‘cloud’ around the plant when in flower. We grow the species mounted and in baskets in our Cool Americas section and keep plants well watered all year.

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