Ornithophora radicans

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Ornithophora radicans

Code: ORPHA.0x0000, ORPHA.0x0001

Common Name: The Ground Rooting Ornithophora
Scented: yes
Light Requirements: partial shade
Temperature Requirements: intermediate to hot
Blooms: summer and autumn
Flower Size: 5mm to 1cm
Synonyms: Ornithophora quadricolor Barb. Rodr. 1881; *Sigmatostalix radicans Rchb. f. 1864

Found in South-East and Southern Brazil near the coast at elevations around 400m as a miniature sized, warm to hot growing epiphyte with thin, narrow, oblong-ligulate, compressed, ancipitous pseudobulbs subtended basally by several, distichous, leaf-bearing sheaths and carrying 2 apical, grass-like, cuneate, linear-ligulate, acute, membraneous leaves that blooms on an arching, slender, 18cm long, loosely several flowered inflorescence occurring in the summer and autumn with tiny fragrant flowers. Best grown on a slab of tree fern in warm to cool temperatures, moderate shade and kept moist year-round except for a short dry rest after the pseudobulb has matured.


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