Monday, January 10, 2011

Homalopetalum pumilio

Homalopetalum pumilio - Flower photo by Richard LindbergWhen I got this Homalopetalum pumilio last July I had never heard of the species let alone the genus. It is always tricky getting a complete stranger in the collection. Luckily I got a chance to see the plant from which my division was taken and see where it liked to grow.

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. The genus Homalopetalum (Homal) contains 8 miniature species growing in Jamaica, Central America and northern South America.

Homalopetalum pumilio growing pretty well on corkThe mother plant was in a basket hung sideways filled with sphagnum. The light level was moderate and it was well watered. You can see it in the background of the flower picture.

My division would have been over-potted in a basket and I like to mount small plants. I added more sphagnum than I usually do for mounting. Over the last few months it has grown and continued to bloom.

1 comment:

  1. Very nice. I'm partial to miniatures and this seems like a really great one.