Spatjpglottis Caractea

Spathoglottis Caractea
This genus originates from a wide area: South and East Asia, the Islands in the Pacific Ocean and Australia. The name describes the shape of the bottom lip, derived from the Greek word spatha = sheath and glotta = tongue. Compared to other Orchids this particular genus likes to have a moist soil and a lot of sunlight. The Caractea is family of the leave-loosing varieties, however this variety never really loses its leaves, they merely turn brown. Still the number of leaves is sufficient to be of decorative value in the living room. It is interesting to mention that, as the lowest flowers drop off, new flowers appear from the centre. This can form little sticky balls, which are totally harmless and only sugar-deposit.