Sunday, September 12, 2010

Homalopetalum pumilio

Homalopetalum pumilio - Flower photo by Richard LindbergI got this a year ago from Steve Christoffersen. It was a genus I didn't know existed but looked interesting and reasonably well suited to my wet greenhouse. The plant in the flower picture is Steve's plant. It is in a shallow basket that is hung vertically and filled with sphagnum.

Homalopetalum pumilio - Flower photo by Richard LindbergThe genus Homalopetalum (Homal) contains 8 miniature species growing in Jamaica, Central America and northern South America. Homalopetalum pumilio grows from Mexico to Peru in low elevation forests on mossy trunks and rocks. It is cool to warm growing and is fragrant at night.

I have a basket like the one the mother plant is growing in but naturally I had to do it my own way. I mounted it on cork with more sphagnum than I usually use. After a year, it is in bloom. Most of the sphagnum is still there but it is weathered so doesn't show up as much.

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