Capanemia micromera – 365 days of orchids – day 1803

Our tiny plants of Capanemia micromera are always a delight in the depths of winter and they have opened flowers a gain to celebrate the New Year. Capanemia micromera is tiny member of the Oncidium family has small bulbs each with three 1cm, terete leaves. The flowers are 5mm across and all white apart from a yellow blotch on the lip.

Capanemia micromera is found in all along the Atlantic forest coast from Argentina to Venezuela and we have seen similar species in Brazil growing as twig epiphytes on mountain ridges. The plants grows in cool forest with a dryer winter and a wetter summer but we water throughout the year reflecting the impact of the dry season mists, that we observed in Brazil on our school visits, that keep plants damp in the dry season.


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