Trichoglottis smithii – 365 days of orchids – day 1239

This charming orchid is native to Borneo and Sumatra and one we came across in our recent visits to Sarawak in 2019. The species is found in swamp forest and hill forests up to 1300m altitude and we found it growing in quite deep shade in coastal forest..

The plant has semi-pendulous stems with alternate 4cm leaves and the long lasting flowers appear from leaf axils towards the ends of growing stems. Over time the plant develops into a mass of growths and has the potential to become an amazing specimen if we grow it well. See vigorous new growths and roots below.

We grow the species in a small basket in Warm Asia (min 17C) where it seems happiest in a shaded spot.



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