Macroclinium lineare – 365 days of orchids – day 1333

This astonishingly beautiful orchid was donated to the project by a Coata Rican orchid grower in the late 1990s and for more than twenty summers it has taken our breath away. This species is a true mini-miniature with a fan shaped plant 3cm high and relatively large 1cm flowers in groups on short spikes.

Macroclinium lineare is found in warm mossy forests in Costa Rica and Panama at around 700-1400m. This species has shorter flower spikes than Macroclinium chasei  but larger flowers, and when it flowers well it produces a profusion of flowers that all open together giving a great display.

We grow the species mounted in Warm Americas (Min 15C) and spray it daily. The pollinator is a euglossine bee and the flowers are fragrant as an extra bonus.


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