Pleurothallis truncata – 365 days of orchids – day 1438

Some orchids never miss our Christmas orchid events and Pleurothallis truncata is one of them. The species is remarkable for its long spikes of little orange ball like flowers.

This leaf has produced three flower spikes (the most we have seen is four) and for the next eight weeks there will be a spectacular show in Cool Americas.

The species is endemic to Ecuador where it grows from 1700m-3000m altutide in cool wet forest. We find the species thrives mounted, in pots and in baskets but if allowed to become too dry produced lots of little plants on the leaves (keikis) rather than flowers.

The species has the delightful habit of flowering when really small (under 10cm high) but over time becomes quite large.

Here is the zoom links again for Orchid Christmas – at 6.30pm on Thursday (3rd Dec)


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