January 25, 2014

Effusiella amparoana

Once classified as Pleurothallis amparoana, this is a charming species by any name and one of my favorite orchids.  It blooms profusely in autumn but continues to produce occasional flower spikes throughout the year.  I missed the opportunity to take pictures this past autumn but did take a few recently when it had several new flower spikes and have included an older photo, the last, that shows the plant in full flower.  The species from Costa Rica and the plant is 12cm tall with 1 cm flowers.  It seems to be very temperature tolerant and easy to grow.

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