October 22, 2013

Barbosella cogniauxiana

A Brazilian species, this orchid is really tiny, growing as a mat of oval leaves that are only 1.5cm, with flower spikes of 5cm and single 3cm flowers.  The plant is temperature tolerant and easy to grow and can produce a mass of flowers that almost completely hide the plant itself.  It is best grown mounted, and my plant, rather recently acquired is glowing on a piece of a branch.  It is related to Pleurothallis and belongs to a small group of species from Central and South America.

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