Thursday, January 29, 2015
Erythrodes sp. possibly hirtella, growing in the Maricao forest.
This is a relatively common, but fairly inconspicuous species. The tiny tubular flowers are what horticulturists dismiss as "unshowy". It is the only species of native orchid that has germinated in my orchid pots. The plants of this species in my orchid pots are larger, with lustruous green leaves and produce many more flowers than the same species growing in the wild. I attribute this to the abundance of nutrients in my orchid pots due to regular fertilizing.