Friday, December 5, 2014
One of my favorite miniature orchids, this plant produces hundreds of flowers in autumn. The individual growths are less than 2 cm, each a fat little stem with three of four propeller-like leaves. They grow from the top of the previous stem, however and ramble all over producing a mat of growths that soon covers a mount or spills over the edges of a pot. The tiny, less than 1 cm, orange and yellow flowers are colored like candy corns and look like a little balloon that has exploded on one end. The species is from Papua New Guinea and prefers cool temperatures and high humidity with good light.