Pleurothallis truncata – 365 days of orchids – day 1726

Pleurothallis truncata is usually a Christmas orchid with us but has clearly noticed that Santas have appeared in many shops already and is feeling the yule tide spirit in October.

This unusual species produces chains of tiny globular orange flowers that hardly open but give the most wonderful display.

The species is endemic to Ecuador where it grows from 1700m-3000m altutide in cool wet forest. We find the species thrives mounted, in pots and in baskets but if allowed to become too dry produced lots of little plants on the leaves (keikis) rather than flowers.

The species has the delightful habit of flowering when really small (under 10cm high) but over time becomes quite large.


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