Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Purple Philippine Ground Orchid

Its botanical name is Spathoglottis plicata, a species of terrestrial orchid found from tropical and subtropical Asia to the western Pacific. It is the type species of the genus Spathoglottis. It is commonly known as the Philippine Orchid, Philippine Ground Orchid, or Large Purple Orchid.

The flowers have 5, oval-shaped, pink, purple, or white tepals (2 side petals and 3 petal-like sepals) and a similarly colored, spade-shaped labellum. The flowers are followed by 6-ribbed seed capsules that split open to release the minute, dustlike seeds into the air.

The leaves are long (up to 3 feet), bright green, and pleated. They resemble palm leaves. The flowers bloom year round from the top of the plants stem (about 3 feet tall). The flowers range from white, pink, and purple. This plant can be grown in the ground or in a container. It prefers full to partial sun. This plant attracts butterflies and hummingbirds!

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