Friday, September 10, 2010

Promenaea stapelioides

This orchid species is from Brazil and gets its species name from its resemblance to the flowers of the succulent, Stapelia.  It is a miniature, growing only about 10 cm tall with a pendant inflorescence carrying single, or occasionally double, 3 cm flowers.

The plant is cool-growing and the flowers are fragrant.  It grows well for me under lights with Masdevallias, other Pleurothallids, and New Guinea Dendrobiums.  It is usually readily available to hobbyists and highly recommended for those who love miniature orchids.

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