Acianthera prolifera - Rich-Fruiting Miniature Orchid
Acianthera prolifera (formerly known as Pleurothallis prolifera) is the cutest plant we've seen in a while. The plant is a thick-leaved lithophytic orchid that will grow a cluster of small magenta flowers in the cusp of its leaves. A lithophyte is a plant that grows in the nooks between rocks, and this orchid grows on the mossy cliffs of Southeastern Brazil. As this plant matures, its thick leaves will grow larger and more concave, a perfect frame for its cluster of flowers. While the flowers are adorable, this plant is grown for its unusual leaves.
We only have a limited number of seedlings of these special plants available, and we don't know if we'll ever have more! If you're looking for a unique plant to add to your collection or a gift for someone who has it all, this is the plant for you.
• Light: Medium to bright, indirect light. Too much direct sunlight can harm the plant.
• Water: Water as substrate approaches dryness. Do not let fully dry out for long.
• Considerations: Increased humidity can help induce blooms and new growth. This plant prefers a well-draining substrate with lots of air pockets.
WHAT TO EXPECT
You'll get a healthy Acianthera prolifera that meets our rigorous quality standards in a 1" nursery pot. No two plants are alike, and yours will have its own unique shape, size and personality; expect this natural variation from the photos.
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Tiny but looks healthy
This orchid was even tinier than I anticipated (and much smaller than the one in the photo) but it seems very healthy and I'm hoping it will grow quickly!