March 6, 2013

Dresslerella caesariata

This unusual orchid belongs to a genus of only seven species.  They are all characterized by hairy leaves, inflorescences and flowers, i.e., everything is covered with hairs.  The plant is pendant with 15 cm leaves and short stems and the 3 cm flowers come at the juncture of leave and stem.  The species is from Ecuador, is cool growing and prefers to be mounted because of its habit.  I grow mine on a piece of very open tree fern root and water it every day.

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