Gastrochilus obliquus (Lindl.) Kunze 1891 is an epiphytic growing miniature orchid species, endemic to the Himalayas, India (Sikkim), Bhutan, Myanmar (formerly Burma),
Thailand, South China, Laos and Vietnam. In Thailand the cute Gastrochilus obliquus orchid is called Suea Lueang, what means yellow tiger. the long-lasting and fragrant flowers reach a size of about 2,5 cm. Flowering period: November. Gastrochilus obliquus orchids are protected by CITES Appendix II (trade controlled to avoid use incompatible with species survival). The tropical miniature orchid requires warm temperatures, a location in partial shade and a well drained potting medium. Plants should be kept moist, but not sogging wet, until the end of the flowering season, then waterings should be restricted, until new growth appears.
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Image: Gastrochilus obliquus (Lindl.) Kunze 1891
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