October 20, 2010

Neocogniauxia monophylla

This exquisite species is from Jamaica. It belongs to a genus that includes only one other species. The plant is about 12 cm tall with inflorescences about 9 cm that carry a single 4 cm tall flower. The plant likes cool temperatures, good air movement and high humidity.

Interestingly, this genus has recently been moved from the Cattleya alliance to the Pleurothallid alliance, a move I and others find difficult to accept, though I believe the change was made on the basis of DNA analysis. Perhaps in switching it a more pronounceable name could have been given it.

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