NEW JUNGLE PLANTS: Small epiphytic orchids

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Orchidaceae are mainly distributed between tropical and temperate zones worldwide, with many species growing epiphytically on tree trunks, branches and rock faces, they prefer cool, humid environments, like cloud forests. The small species have a rich variety of shapes and flowers, this attractive plant group also has many species which are suitable for case cultivation. Along with ferns and bromeliads, when grown epiphytically in a layout they can add a wild flavor. This time around, we will release one species of small, epiphytic orchid from the genus Lepanthes, endemic to South America.
Simple and cute small orchidarium
In its natural habitat the Lepanthes calodictyon grows epiphytically along with bryophytes on trees, but here we have planted it on Sansui Stone, together with moss. You can enjoy case cultivation fully in a small space.

○Glass Pot MARU 95
○Tropical River Soil
Lepanthes calodictyon
Taxiphyllum sp.’Peacock moss’
Introducing Made by ADA’s new small epiphytic orchid
The newly added small epiphytic orchid from Made by ADA. We present a healthy plant growing on a miniature Wabi Kusa Mat. Also, it comes wrapped in sphagnum moss for water and moisture retention. To use in your layout, please carefully take off the Wabi Kusa Mat and, leaving the sphagnum moss in place, use Terra Line to attach it to your driftwood/cork/Terra Plate/etc. Then, wrap moss to cover the sphagnum moss to make the sphagnum moss less conspicuous.
Lepanthes calodictyon
What’s the attraction of Lepanthes calodictyon?
The Lepanthes calodictyon to be launched this autumn is a popular small epiphytic orchid found in cloud forests, at elevations of between 450 to 1500metres, from Columbia to Ecuador. It has characteristic mesh-patterned leaves with finely undulating edges and small red flowers which frequently bloom. Preferring cool environs, usually optimal around 15 to 24℃, it should be easy to rear in the coming season. Keep it out of sweaty, high summer temperatures, it should be looked after year-round somewhere cool.
Example of a Terrabase imaged on the branches of an Ecuadorian cloud forest. An exquisite orchid looking fresh covered in moss. With it’s frequently-blooming flowers, Lepanthes calodictyon keeps showing us its loveliness.