Monday, July 18, 2011

Lanium avicula

Lanium avicula - Flower photo by Richard Lindberg

Lanium avicula - Flower photo by Richard LindbergAside from the social part of a potting party, chatting and helping one another with their plants, there is the opportunity to get some new plant divisions. By the end of the day there was a whole potential orchid collection in the table in the form of small divisions. Lanium avicula - Plant photo by Richard LindbergI tried to go light and only got pieces of four, but one wasn't getting much attention and is one of my favorite species.

Lanium avicula grows in Brazil, Bolivia and Peru in the wet mountain forest above 1500 feet. It blooms spring and fall and needs more light and less water after blooming. The genus Lanium (Lanm) contains less than 5 species found in northern South America. Grow best mounted on tree fern or cork.

This little plant forms a mat and has a really fun inflorescence that looks like a flock of birds in flight.

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