July 18, 2012

Stenia pallida

This was purchased as Stenia calceolaris but proved on blooming to have been wrongly identified.  Both that species and this are found in Ecuador, but this has a much wider distribution and is found also in Trinidad and Tobago, Guyana, Venezuela, Colombia, Peru and Brazil.    And while I would have preferred what I ordered, am happy enough with this species and its attractive flowers..

The plant grows to 12 cm and produces a fan of leaves that are rather attractive in their own right.  The flowers are 6 cm, huge for the size of the plant, and are produced singly on semi-pendant spikes.  The plant is considered warm to hot growing but it does fine for me in cool to intermediate conditions and is grown in live sphagnum in a net pot (the decorative pot is only for photos).

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