As well-known for its wild appearance as for its powerful fragrance, this Central to South American species is also very easy to grow under intermediate to cool conditions. Dark spots that look like eyes give it the name oculata
. Spikes bloom downward, so they are best grown in open baskets lined with moss. Flowers last just a few days, so it is worthwhile to grow them into large specimens with multiple spikes, often blooming in succession. Cool to Intermediate. Species from Central and South America.
Orchid of the Day: July 22, 2012