Renanthera monachica – 365 days of orchids – day 1178

This small growing vandaceous species is new to 365 days. Unlike Renthera imschootiana which is wonderful but enormous (photo below), Renanthera monachica flowers as a small plant and takes a long time to develop in a mature medium sized plant. So this is a renanthera for small spaces.

We grow Renanthera monochica in a basket hanging high in the roof of our Warm Asia section (minimun 17C) where it gets plenty of light and dries out between waterings. The species is endemic to the island of Luzon where it grows in hot lowland forest up to 500m altitude. The flowers look fragile but are very long lasting and mature plants produce branched spikes. Different clones are quite varied in colour and spotting making this a species to look out for if you have the right conditions.


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