Trichoglottis pusilla – 365 days of orchids – day 1826

Today we have the first flowering of a seedling of one of our favourite species.

Trichoglottis pusilla is a tiny species with a 5cm fan of dark green leaves and small sprays of relatively large flowers with delightful dark red stripes.

Trichoglottis pusilla is native to Java where it grows in rain forest from 1000 to 2000m altitude. We grow this species mounted in Warm Asia where it lives high up but shaded on a mesh frame that allows good air movement but easy spraying every day.

Our other clone has thicker leaves, darker stripes and larger flowers (below) and we will save the pollen of today’s plant in a fridge with a plan to pollinate the flowers of our larger clone when it next flowers.


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