The Braided Orchid

I almost missed to photograph the minute blossoms of my Lockhartia orchid the other day. The flowers of this plant are delicate and small measuring less than 1/2 inch wide dangling on thin stalks from the bases of the upper leaves. The sepals and petals are off-white with thin purple line markings while the center of the flower is plain yellow. Moreover, this tree-dwelling orchid is a nice ornamental plant even when its not blooming because of its pendant, braided and flat belt-like stems; hence its nickname the Braided Orchid.


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