Panama is an extraordinary country, in reality an isthmus linking Central and South America. It boasts marvellous indigenous wildlife – sloths, jaguars and green iguanas – it is also home to magnificent flora, including this exquisite and unusual orchid.
Glorious Epidendrum panama is very different from its fleshier orchid cousins; its profile, leaves and flowers are the quintessence of refinement. Slender, wiry stems hold aloft delicately shaped, lanceolate, bright green leaves. The velamen (the spongy, silvery roots typical of epiphytes that evolved to grow in the rain forest) spring attractively, in an almost star-like manner, from high up the stem. But it is the flowers that truly amaze: a mass of small pink/purple flowers with white centres and tiny lime green eyes.
Not only exquisitely beautiful and thus life enhancing, orchids quietly work for our good while we sleep. Absorbing carbon dioxide during the day, they release oxygen at night, so choose the healthy option and have an orchid on the bedside table.
We regret, due to winter temperatures, this plant is only available for in-store purchase.
Position: In good light but avoid bright sunlight
Care: Keep the soil moist but not too wet, avoid the roots sitting in water and water less in the winter. Ideally use room temperature rain water to avoid chlorine. Dunk the pot into the water, just submerging it, lift and drain in a few moments when the bubbles from the compost stop rising to the surface. Protect from temperatures below 15 degrees. Apply an orchid fertilizer monthly in the summer. Orchids like humidity so regularly mist leaves. Repot as necessary in spring in orchid compost.
Please note the cache pot in the photograph is not included.