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King of the Forest Anoectochilus setaceus

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an-oh-ek-to-KY-lus se-TAY-see-us
Description

Anoectochilus setaceus, or Jewel Orchid. is an epiphytic orchid native to Indonesia and often cultivated for its unusual leaf patterns. It is typically found in broadleafed, evergreen, humid primary forests in moist soils as a creeping, ascending, cool growing terrestrial orchid. 

When grown indoors, the plant is usually grown in intermediate to warm conditions in a shady area. The plant does best when potted with a well drain medium composed of sand, fir bark, perlite, and soil. Plants should be watered when potting medium dries.

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#houseplant#container plant#epiphytic#interiorscape#non-toxic for dogs#non-toxic for cats
 
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#houseplant#container plant#epiphytic#interiorscape#non-toxic for dogs#non-toxic for cats
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Anoectochilus
    Species:
    setaceus
    Family:
    Orchidaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Perennial
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    Indonesia, Java, Sumatra
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Epiphyte
    Houseplant
    Habit/Form:
    Ascending
    Creeping
    Maintenance:
    High
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Dappled Sunlight (Shade through upper canopy all day)
    Soil Texture:
    High Organic Matter
    Soil Drainage:
    Moist
    Occasionally Wet
  • Fruit:
    Display/Harvest Time:
    Fall
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Purple/Lavender
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Raceme
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Showy
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Summer
    Flower Shape:
    Tubular
    Flower Petals:
    Bracts
    Flower Description:
    Blooms on a 10 inch long inflorescence. Five blossoms with successively opening flowers occurring in the summer. Basal portion with 1 to 2, tubular lanceolate bracts.
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Color:
    Black
    Green
    Purple/Lavender
    Leaf Feel:
    Velvety
    Leaf Value To Gardener:
    Showy
    Leaf Shape:
    Ovate
    Subcordate
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Length:
    3-6 inches
    Leaf Width:
    1-3 inches
    Leaf Description:
    Four inch long by 2 inch wide leaves, acute at apex, round at base. Reticulated with gold leaves that are purple black on the underside, velvety dark green with lime veining on top.
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
    Stem Description:
    Creeping stem, 6 to 10 inches high.
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Container
    Houseplants
    Landscape Theme:
    Water Garden
    Design Feature:
    Accent
    Specimen