Ceratocentron fesselii

Family: Orchidaceae

Countries: Asia, Philippines

Ceratocentron fesselii is an epiphytic plant.  This is a mini-miniature orchid species, which is endemic to the mountain range of Nueva Ecija, on Luzon Island.

This miniature orchid is critically endangered.  Sadly despite its rarity, Ceratocentron fesselii is still being over collected.  Instead of allowing this orchid the chance to succeed in the wild; some humans are still greedily hunting this plant, for their own financial gain.  This orchid species is really up against it, as the area in which Ceratocentron fesselii plants grow has suffered, due to human expansion and activity in the area, and logging.

There are thousands of other orchids you could grow other than this one.  If you’re still considering growing Ceratocentron fesselii, please ensure that you only purchase a plant that has been grown by a reputable nursery – do all you can to avoid purchasing plants that were illegally taken from the wild.  I was given my Ceratocentron fesselii plant as a surprise gift, from a member of my family – it’s not a gift that I would have chosen myself.  Within a fairly short time period, I had accidentally, yet very successfully, killed this plant.  Hence, it’s not an orchid that I found easy to grow – Ceratocentron fesselii is not a plant I’d recommend.

Ceratocentron fesselii produces vibrant, orange coloured flowers.

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