Schomburgkia lueddemannii – 365 days of orchids – day 1553

Here is the second or our Schomburgkia species and Schomburgkia lueddemannii is larger growing than Schomburgkia splendida (below) with larger, darker glossy flowers.

Schomburgkia lueddemanii is found from Venezuela to Costa Rica and is found in hot lowland forest. As a result it enjoys good light and high temperatures and we grow plants in large baskets hanging high in Warm Americas. It enjoys being kept well watered especially in the summer.

Plants are robust and produce tall spikes topped with up to twenty, or so, flowers that give a dramatic display. A rfemarkable characteristic of the species is the dark brown crinkled buds that always look dead before opening – a perfect mimicry to avoid juicy buds being eaten.




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