Eulophia petersii


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This member of the orchid family is an extreme succulent. Probably grown by more succulent enthusiasts than orchid fanciers because of its succulent nature. Native from Central Africa to the Arabian Peninsula, it has very hard, plastic-like leaves with serrated edges and a stiff, thick pseudobulb.

Adapted to harsh environments, it can tolerate drought for extended periods. Flowers are nice too, though not really showy. They are about an inch across in a small spray, with brownish-red and green striped petals and sepals and a wide white lip with pink markings.

Cultivate as a succulent in a loose, fast draining and coarse mix. Water when dry and give a rest in winter.

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