Monday, January 7, 2008

Dove orchid

The terrestrial orchid Peristeria elata is the national flower of Panama. This is a big orchid with fist-size pseudobulbs and leaves up to a metre long. The tall flower stalk bears 10-20 plus very fragrant and exquisite flowers, opening four or five at a time, so the flowering period can last more than a month. This is its first flowering for me since acquiring it 2 years ago - and from its strength I am sure more would follow. From what I heard, it used to commonly planted in Singapore and does well in our climate.

1 comment:

Elliot said...

I am curious about this flower. Will it grow in Salt Lake City Utah? Where can someone purchase these flowers?

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