May 26, 2014

Mediocalcar decoratum var. variegatum

Mediocalcar decoratum is a tiny plant that rambles, each new growth coming at the top of the last growth.  The growths are interesting, too in that the leaves are arranged like a propeller at the top of a tiny cylindrical pseudobulb.  The pseudobulbs with their leaves are only 2 cm and the flowers are even smaller, but brightly and unusually colored like little candy corns.  The species from New Guinea, prefers cool temperatures, but is an easy orchid to grow.  This plant has variegated foliage which adds a nice touch.  It is still small and bloomed with only a couple flowers this spring, so I have only this one picture.

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