Cleisostoma crassifolia – 365 days of orchids – day 1956

This little gem of an orchid is a miniature member of the Vanda family native to the Philippines.

The long lasting flowers look like little birds in flight and are large for the size of the plant which is only 8cm across and  in common with most cleisostomas has flowers that open successively along the flower spike.

The thick leaves and the fat roots are a good indication that this species comes from a warm dryish forest and so we grow it mounted, and in a bright spot high up in a warm greenhouse.


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