Prosthechea kautskyi – 365 days of orchids – day 1307

We have many flamboyant orchid species but this one is rather low but charming, it unusually has more colour on the reverse of the flowers than on the front.

Prosthechea kautskyi is native to Brazil where it grows in the coastal forests of the Mata Atlantica. We have seen similar species in Brazil clothing the thick lower branches of trees and this species has a spreading habit with its little sprays of non-resupinate (upside down) flowers clear of the leaves for passing pollinators which would be butterflies.

We have tried the species in several sections of the greenhouse as we have found very little information about it and find that it prefers to grow cool and shaded with the free draining conditions provided by a basket. We are hoping that it will develop into a floriferous, spreading specimen.


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