Pleurothallis tuerkheimii (large form) – 365 days of orchids – day 1690

This spectacular orchid stands 80cm tall with its long spikes heavy with large deep red flowers.

The natural habitat of Pleurothallis tuerkheimii is damp forests and cloud forests from Mexico to Panama between 700m and 2400m altitude. This broad natural range supports our observation that this is an adaptable and accommodating plant to grow and that there is a wide range amongst plants in cultivation. Our smaller growing but very floriferous variety will flower later in the autumn.

We do find that the species prefers shade and plants even do very well in deep shade low in the Cool Americas section against a north facing wall.

This species makes lovely specimen plants and we find that baskets are particularly good for allowing plants to really express their character.


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