Pleurothallis galeata – 365 days of orchids – day 1447

The delicate spikes of Pleurothallis galeata are flowering again in the school greenhouse.

Pleurothallis galeata is one of our most reliable winter flowering species that fills the greenhouse with cheer when it is cold and grey outside. Pleurothallis galeata is a medium sized plant that produces sprays of around twenty pretty little flowers from the base of every leaf. It has the advantage of flowering as a very small plant in a 3cm pot but making a majestic specimen over time (photo below)

The species grows at an altitude of around 2000-3000m in South American cloud forest and so we grow the plant in Cool Americas (Minimum 12C) The species seems to do well in pots or mounted and produces a lot of fine roots making it is an easy plant to grow. Our plant regularly produce keikis (young plants) on older leaves and so we are able to propagate the species easily. A must for any collection.

Here is a closeup of the pretty little flowers.



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