Psygmorchis pusilla – 365 days of orchids – day 1120

Our lovely Psygmorchis pusilla is flowering again. This species is a large flowered miniature twig epiphyte from Central America. The plant here is 3cm high with a 2cm bright yellow flower.

This is a species we have seen growing in Guatemala and Belize in hot dryish lowland forest on thin branches and twigs. The photo below was taken in Guatemala where the plant was growing and flowering near Yaxha in the Mayan Biosphere Reserve.

All the plants we have seen in the wild have been small and in cultivation we find the species can be short lived but profusely flowering on short spikes that produce lots of flowers successively. The species was previously called Oncidium pusilla.


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  1. Agnes Jones says:

    I love the way the leaves grow in a fan shape.
    How long is “Short lived”. It is a shame because it is rather a lovely little orchid.

    • Simon Pugh-Jones says:

      Most live five years or so with us and in the wild we have only ever seen small plants a few years old.