Pleurothallis gracillima

Pleurothallis gracillima is a great example of a ‘miniature’ orchid that can quickly grow into a specimen. Plants flower well as tiny plants in 3cm pots or mounted but if left for long enough form a ball that is covered in its delicate sprays of flowers. Flowers of Pleurothallis gracillima have a very distinct red lip.

This species of Pleurothallis is native to the cloud forests of Colombia and Ecuador and so we grow the species in our cloud forest greenhouse (min 12C) with lots of water especially in the summer when it is in most active growth. Plants grow well in pots, baskets or mounted and though their main flowering is during the summer, plants can flower at any time of year.