Pleurothallis gracillima – 365 days of orchids – day 1693


Todays miniature orchid has similar flowers to yesterday’s Pleurothallis costaricensis but we would never confuse the two species as the growth habit of the tow species are very distinct as well as the flowers of Plurothallis gracillima having a red lip (see close ip above)

While Pleurothallis costaricensis is slow to develop into a specimen, Pleurothallis gracillima is a great example of a ‘miniature’ orchid that can quickly grow into a specimen. Plants flower well as tiny plants in 3cm pots or mounted but if left for long enough it forms a ball that is covered in its delicate sprays of flowers.

This species of Pleurothallis is native to the cloud forests of Colombia and Ecuador and so we grow the species in Cool Americas with lots of water especially in the summer when it is in most active growth. Plants grow well in pots, baskets or mounted and though their main flowering is during the summer plants can flower at any time of year.

We are delighted to have lots of little plants of this species for sale in our online shop.




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