Bullhorn Orchid

by Udi
(St. Croix, USVI)

These orchids love humid conditions. Bullhorns grow well in baskets filled coconut husk, or many Caribbean hardwood trees. A purple and white flower, that bloom 1-2 times a year. In heavily populated trees, new bullhorn orchid shoot will attach roots to the previous year's shoot. Bullhorns do well in shade and partial sun. Seed pods are about 3/4 the size of ping pong balls and are green, but turn yellow before splitting and dispersing seeds.

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Jun 15, 2012
Cable's Reply
by: Cable's Thompson

Thanks for the photos! This plant is also called Myrmecophila humboldtii, and it is closely related to Cattleya. It was formerly classified in the genus Schomburgkia, also a close Cattleya relative.

You're lucky to live in a place where they grow wild! Beautiful plant!

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