The petals of these bright-white, star-like flowers curve back dramatically towards the long, pale green nectar spur. As many as six of these robust flowers can bloom along their gently arching stem, looking like a sprig of shooting-stars!
Sweet fragrance and the long nectar spur suggest moth pollinators, so the scent is likely strongest at dusk and perhaps throughout the night. The foliage has a monopodial (fan-like) growth habit that is compact and sturdy; this and it's strong, twining roots make for a particularly exciting plant for hanging pots and baskets.
These established plants are self-propagation** seedlings of plant from R. Northen. The blooms resemble their origin flower with minimal variation.
** "Selfing" propagation is done by pollinating a flower with its' own pollen. The resulting seedlings are technically unique, and may vary slightly in precise color, size, or markings, yet generally posses a strong resemblance to the self-pollinated flower.
Temperature Tolerant. July blooming. Species from most of Sub-Saharan Africa.
Orchid of the Day: July 13, 2021