Trisetella scobina – 365 days of orchids – day 1154
Can you spot the large red flower in today’s photo? All Trisitella species are true miniatures and all are spectacular in one way or another.
Trisetella scobina is a tiny plant with leaves just 15mm long that over time form a a little clump on the cork mount. Each winter the clump produces long thin flower spikes that produce very large (in comparison) flowers dominated by a deep red synsepal and long yellow tails. The flower spikes will produce several flowers successively over a long period so don’t cut them off until they are old and dead. The long thin flower stems are interestingly hairy too.
This species is a cloud forest endemic found in Ecuador, Peru and Bolivia from in forests up to 2000m. We only grow the species mounted because of its size but find it a relatively straight forward species if kept well watered and shaded.
This orchid is much later flowering than previous years where it flowered in November. Is there a reason for this?