Lepanthes matamorosii

Family: Orchidaceae

Countries: Americas, Central America, Costa Rica

Lepanthes matamorosii is a mini miniature orchid species from Costa Rica.  This incredible little plant produces brick-red-orange coloured flowers which are astonishingly large in comparison to the size of the plant; they’re very cute!

In the wild, Lepanthes matamorosii can be found growing in regions at around 2750m, in The Cordillera de Talamanca mountain ranges of south-eastern Costa Rica.  This is a wonderfully diverse habitat that’s home to a range of plants and wildlife, including oak (Quercus costaricensis and Quercus copeyensis) trees that are endemic to this part of the world.

Lepanthes matamorosii requires cool temperatures, a very humid environment of around 75%RH or higher, and soft, gentle filtered and diffisued lighting.  This is an epiphytic orchid species; plants can be grown mounted on a piece of cork bark or mounted upon another structure, or alternatively plants can be grown in containers.

Lepanthes matamorosii should be misted daily with rainwater; these plants have fine roots, which don’t want to dry out too much.  It’s important to provide your plants with humid growing conditions.  These orchids should be grown in terrariums or inside enclosures that will maintain humidity levels.

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