The Pleurothallids are a large tribe of orchids that come from the the tropics and subtropics of the Americas. Although many people think of this group as being cool-growing, because of their diversity, there are hundreds of species that grow in intermediate and warm conditions, as well. Although they range in size from minute to humongous, we specialize in miniature plants, many of which are mounted. I love them for their form–they are interesting foliage plants–and for their precious flowers. Some are surprisingly small, and some surprisingly large for the size of the plant.
The pleurothallids are almost entirely epiphytic, and most grow well mounted and sprayed daily. Their fine roots do not like to dry out. If you live in a dry area, you may have better luck growing them in pots–I have had success both ways. I carry species that tend to be require intermediate temperatures which is easy for most growers. Before you rule out a cool grower, however, check out my post here.
Like most of orchid world, the Pleurothallid Alliance has not escaped reorganization and name changes. For the sake of simplicity (maybe) I am keeping the Masdevallias and Draculas under separate headings, but they are considered Pleurothallids, as well. Many of the genera contained herein, such as Specklinia or Kefersteinia, may be listed in other sites or sources as Pleurothallis.
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