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Saturday, 14 July 2012

Neofinetia falcata

This small growing monopodial orchid from Japan and Korea with just one species is a distant relative of Angraecum from Madagascar. Hard to believe! It is an erect growing epiphyte. Small clusters of up to 8 flowers are produced on compact clumping plants in summer. The flowers are delightfully fragrant, reminiscent of candy but only in the evening and early morning, then the scent dissipates only to return again. They are pure white with long 2 " spurs. I grow mine in New Zealand Sphagnum moss and bring it out for the summer into my greenhouse where it recieves shade with bright light. It also enjoys high humidity. I look forward to the blooms every year.

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