Barbosella dusenii – 365 days of orchids – day 1371

Yesterday’s Barbosella australis was a miniature but this species takes tiny to a new level.

Barbosella dusenii is our orchid with the smallest leaves. The leaves are a few mm long and produced on a creeping rhizome with relatively gigantic flowers produced a couple of times every year.

We grow the species mounted which it clearly enjoys and avoids the threat of the plant becoming smothered in moss.

The species is native to Brazillian coastal cloud forests at around 1000m. We replicate these conditions in Cool Americas by hanging plants low down in the greenhouse and spraying daily with a minimum of 12C.


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