Odontoglossum Spectatissimum

Spectatissimum051017.JPGI acquired this Odontoglossum Spectatissimum from Bob Hamilton on my visit to his greenhouse on May 7, 2015.  This is a species orchid, native to western Venezuela, Colombia and Ecuador in dense upper montane cloud forests at elevations of 1500m to 3200m.  Thus it is a  cool to cold growing epiphyte.  My plant is in a bark/lava-rock mix, in a five inch pot, and has two flowers on a single spike (it appears that a taller spike was broken off on this one).  The orange-brown patterning on the leaves is really striking.

This one will be a challenge for me environment.  I will have to find a way to keep it cool in the summer.

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