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Polystacha paniculata

This one likes moderate light, and to stay pretty wet to avoid accordion leaves on new growth.  It’s a very reliable bloomer that has bloomed on every new growth over the past few years since I got it.  This particular bloom is a little past its prime, with a couple of branches dried and brown, but most are still blooming.  I believe this is the second time this one has bloomed in 2015.

Polystacha paniculata

This one is fairly temperature tolerant, but likes to stay damp, and is okay sitting in some water.  As long as it stays damp, even in winter, it will continue to grow.  If it gets too dry for any length of time, it just stops growing until it’s watered again.  Bright indirect light levels, or shady with some direct morning or late afternoon sun are enough to get it to bloom.  It’s a good candidate for “windowsill” growing, and can be treated like a Phragmipedium, if that works as a point of reference for you.

Polystacha paniculata

This plant is a recent acquisition from Parkside.  It was in the greenhouse where they keep the ones that prefer low light, although it was in a spot that got a  bit more light than most of the massies.  Judging from the humidity levels in that particular greenhouse, and the bit of moss growing on the bark mix, I’d guess it doesn’t like to go dry for too long, especially given its monopodial growth habit.  I have yet to look it up on Jay Pfahl’s site, but will later.