August 8, 2012

Effusiella cypripedioides

Effusiella cypripedioides, or as it is still sometimes known, Pleurothallis cypripedioides, is an amazing orchid.  It comes from Ecuador and Peru and ts flowers are similar in some ways to Effusiella amparoana, which also has "hairy toilet-bowl" flowers.  The plant is 10 cm tall, much shorter than E. amparoana, and the leaves are "paddle" shaped rather than long and narrow.  The flower spikes are pendant and produces a series of flowers with two or three open at the same time.  It is supposed to be warm to hot growing and comes from lower elevations, but it does well for me under cool conditions and is grown mounted.

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