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Gastrochilus calceolaris – 365 days of orchids – day 1133

This small growing species is new to 365 days of Orchids. The charming little flowers are produced in groups from short spikes on the plants which grows like a very small Vanda.

We have seen Gastrochilus calceolaris flowering in Sikkim at Tinkitam where is grows amongst Cymbidium devonianum and Coelogyne cristata as an epiphyte in large mossy trees at 2000m. It is actually found across a really wide range from the Himalayas through South East Asia, the Philippines and Borneo, and from 230m in warm forests to 2300m and cool forest. We grow our plant in our warm Asia section where it seems very happy in shade and watered all year, but in a basket of open compost as it seems to resent getting soggy.

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