Pleurothallis sub-picta – 365 days of orchids – day 1683

Another miniature species today.

Pleurothallis sub-picta is one of our true miniature pleurothallis species with leaves just 4cm long, and it produces intriguing relatively large flowers on relaxed spikes.

The species is native to Brazillian cloud forest around 1000m, a habitat we have explored in our two expeditions to the coastal rainforest of Rio State. The climate here is moist even  in the dryer winter season and minimum temperatures are around 10-12C.

We find that Pleurothallis sub-picta is a strong growing little plant if kept damp and in some shade. The long lasting flowers  have unusually long pinkish petals. Plants produce spikes over a long period.



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