Sunday, May 19, 2013

Nageliella purpurea

I almost removed the old flower spike from this Nageliella purpurea. I had forgotten that OrchidSpecies.com told me that it re-blooms. Nageliella purpurea - Plant photo by Richard LindbergIt looks as if this re-bloom will be even stronger than last year. These are quite long lasting and a nice color.

Nageliella purpurea grows in Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras at low elevations on mossy branches. It is cool to warm growing and blooms in summer. The genus Nageliella (Ngl) contains 2 species from Central America.

Even though the flowers are about 1/8 of an inch, the inflorescence is pretty showy for such a small plant.

Nageliella purpurea re-blooming - photo by Richard Lindberg

This will remain as a collection plant. It is small, blooms well and has plenty of space on the piece of cork to grow for several more years. I have no plans to ever divide it, in case you were wondering.

1 comment:

  1. It's a pretty little thing! Got to love those space savers!! The smaller orchids become more and more attractive as space shortens and the collection grows!!

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