Monday, August 9, 2010

Schoenorchis fragrans

This tiny orchid species is an immediate favorite of everyone who sees it.  The plant itself looks like a miniature Vanda, with alternating strap-shaped leaves.  The individual flowers are less than 1cm, but it produces numerous (as many as 25) very colorful flowers on each flower spike and often produces many spikes.

The species comes from India, Myanmar, Thailand and China.  It is supposed to be warm-growing, but I grow it with Masdevallias and other cool-growing plants, giving it as much light as I can, and it grows and flowers well for me.

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