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Maxillaria gracilis

Maxillaria gracilis

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Introducing the Brasiliorchis gracilis: Your Tropical Elegance

If you're in search of a charming and elegant addition to your orchid collection, look no further than the Brasiliorchis gracilis. This delightful epiphytic orchid hails from the coastal Atlantic forest of Minas Gerais state in Brazil, and it brings a touch of tropical allure to any environment. With its striking appearance and unique care requirements, the Brasiliorchis gracilis is sure to captivate orchid enthusiasts of all levels.

Key Features:

Flower Size: 2 1/2 inches

Plant Characteristics:
The Brasiliorchis gracilis is a small-sized, tufted orchid known for its distinct characteristics. It boasts clustered, ovoid-pyriform pseudobulbs that are slightly compressed, giving the plant an interesting shape. Atop these pseudobulbs, you'll find two apical, subcoriaceous leaves that are linear-ligulate, petiolate, and conduplicate below, tapering to acute points at the tips. The leaves are dark green, adding to the plant's overall elegance.

Flowering Season:
This beautiful orchid blooms in the spring and summer, gracing your space with its pale green or reddish flowers. The flowers are held upright, giving you a delightful view of their beauty amid or slightly above the leaves. What's more, they emit a fragrant scent (Smells faintly like watermelon) that adds to the charm of this dainty orchid.

Cultivation Tips:
To help your Brasiliorchis gracilis thrive, here are some essential cultivation tips:

Provide your orchid with part-shade conditions. While it enjoys bright, indirect light, avoid exposing it to direct sunlight, which can scorch the delicate leaves.

This orchid thrives in a range of temperatures, from cool to hot. Aim to maintain a comfortable temperature range between 60°F to 80°F (15°C to 27°C). It appreciates a slight drop in temperature at night.

Water your Brasiliorchis gracilis consistently but avoid overwatering. Generally, aim to water it 1-2 times per week, allowing the substrate to dry slightly between waterings. Keep the humidity around the plant moderate, as it is accustomed to the coastal Atlantic forest conditions.

During the growing season, fertilize your orchid with a balanced, diluted orchid fertilizer every 2-4 weeks. Reduce fertilization during the dormant period.

Consider using a well-draining orchid potting mix to provide proper aeration to the roots. Repotting should be done when the pseudobulbs have outgrown their current container.

This is a blooming size in a 4" pot, about 1 to 2 years to bloom, grown from seed, limited!

The Brasiliorchis gracilis is a true gem among orchid enthusiasts, with its lovely yellow-red flowers and unique foliage. It's an orchid that can bring a touch of the Brazilian rainforest into your home or garden. So, create the ideal conditions, care for it lovingly, and watch it reward your efforts with its breathtaking blooms. Add this tropical elegance to your collection today and elevate your orchid-growing experience.

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