Saturday, August 6, 2011
Pleurothallis gargantua seen in Mindo, Ecuador
I saw this plant in the gardens of Cabañas Armonia in Mindo Ecuador. This very large pleurothallid orchid has the largest flowers in a genus that is most commonly known for small plants with tiny flowers. This plant is native of Ecuador where it lives in mountain forests at heights of between 4500 and 7500 feet in cool and wet locations. In the location where I saw this plant there is little if any seasonal variation but temperatures fluctuate widely from between 75F during the day to 45 at night.