|My Baptistonia blooming 2011|
|Baptistonia at the orchid show|
I went through all my pictures and found that I have pictures of this orchid back to 2007. I've had this for quite some time. The pictures of the plant in the small 2" pot is how I bought it and it bloomed every year for me. Then, I decided to mount it on cork. I think I did that about 2-3 years ago and this year is the first time it bloomed since then.
|Baptistonia echinata or bee orchid bloom up close|
This is a miniature species orchid from Brazil and was named after the Brazilian ethnologist Baptista Caetano d' Almeida Noqueira. It only grows about 6" tall with 1" wide leaves. I have mine hanging on the side of my cupboard in a west window. I water it once a week with my other mini orchids by soaking it in the sink.
|My orchid in bud February 11, 2015|
I was excited to see the buds emerging in late January, since it hadn't bloomed in a few years.
|I have it hanging on a frame of chicken wire near the West window|
|It isn't completely open here|
|Completely open looking like bees flying|
Most people don't even know these little orchids exist. I have quite a few because I don't have a lot more room for plants. These hang over the kitchen sink and get plenty of humidity and light. I wrote about my other mini orchids here. If you ever get to an orchid sale, check out these little beauties!