Hutleya meleagris

They are found in Guatemala, Costa Rica, and in South America, in Colombia, Trinidad, Brazil, to Bolivia.

They are plants that lack pseudobulb, are generally large, with leaves of 40 cm. or more in length, 6 to 8 cm. wide, sub-pleated (closed at an angle of 30 to 45 degrees), green upright, and usually keep rainwater next to the central stem, such as Bromelias.

The inflorescences are born

Huntleya fasciata

among the oldest leaves, are short 10 to 15 cm. of length, possess a single flower of 5 to 6 cm. diameter, sepals of 3.5 to 4 cm. of length, shape, colors, and equal spots, and the two side petals very similar to the sepals, in size, color, and spots, which makes them look like a beautiful five-pointed star The lip is different in shape, color, and spots, with the reproductive organs unified in the spine, which is inclined toward the callus or ridge. .

They can be born at the same time several inflorescences in the plant but all with a single flower.

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They live in very humid places, at low or medium altitudes, with almost constant temperatures during the day and

Huntleya fasciata (plant)

In Central America it lives in low valleys or near the beaches, in Bolivia and Brazil, they do so in the Amazon river basin.

To cultivate them should be planted with good drainage in the container, and then only moss sphanum with perlite.

It is difficult to give them the moisture conditions they require, for their normal development, and therefore in our environment is not grown.

Karisa: May 2012
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