Pleurothallis gratiosa – 365 days of orchids – day 1314

This pleurothallis is unlike any others we grow with flowers that look to me like little sea creatures like little octopuses?

The species is small growing with leaves up to 12 cm and the flowers held above the leaves on impossible looking thin filaments – a really fascinating plant. Each leaf produces flowers over several years and plants are usually in flower.

Pleurothallis gratiosa is endemic to Venezuela and grows in warm forest at around 1500m altitude. This habitat means that the species is straight forward in cultivation and although we grow it in our Cool Americas section (min 12C) it would be happy warmer and does not suffer summer heat stress.

We will be adding plants to our shop this week for those who want to add some sea creatures to their orchid collection.


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  1. Agnes Jones says:

    This is the first time this orchid has been orchid the day and it
    is lovely. I think the unopened flower head in the background looks like the head of a flamingo.