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  Peristeria elata Hook.
  Family Name : Orchidaceae

  Common Names : Holy Ghost Orchid, Dove Orchid

Holy Ghost Orchid,Dove Orchid
  • Record Info
  • Life Stage & Characteristics
    • Plant Division :
      Angiosperms (Flowering Seed Plants) (Monocotyledon)
      Plant Growth Form :
      Shrub (Herbaceous), Lithophyte
      Lifespan (in Singapore) :
      Mode of Nutrition :
  • Biogeography
    • Native Distribution :
      Panamá  , Costa Rica, Colombia, Ecuador and Venezuela.
      Native Habitat :
  • Description & Ethnobotany
    • Plant Morphology :
      Growth Form: A terrestrial or lithophytic orchid. It has a clumping growth form. The ovate pseudobulbs are covered with papery sheaths. 
      Foliage: The large leaves are simple and lanceolate-elliptic in shape with a plicate leaf surface. 
      Flowers: The flowers are borne on a long basal raceme with 10 to 15 waxy flowers. The flowers are fragrant and cup-shaped with white petals and sepals. The flower lip is white with purple speckles around its margin. The flowers open over a long period with only 4 to 6 flowers being open at any one time.  
      [Others]: It is the national flower of Panamá. 
      Habitat :
      It is found in shaded grassland edges and stone outcrops in tropical forests at altitudes of 100 to 700m. 
      Cultivation :
      It is best grown under full sun, in well-drained and moist growing media so as to allow to frequent watering. It does not tolerate waterlogged conditions. 
      Etymology :
      The genus epithet 'peristeria' is derived from the Greek word for 'little dove' in reference to its flowers. The species epithet comes from the latin word 'meaning high or lofty'. 
      Ethnobotanical Uses :
  • Landscaping Features
    • Desirable Plant Features :
      Ornamental Flowers, Ornamental Foliage
      Plant & Rootzone Preference/Tolerance :
      Moist Soils, Well-Drained Soils, [Remarks] (It does not tolerate waterlogged conditions. )
      Landscape Uses :
      Parks & Gardens, Small Gardens
      Thematic Landscaping :
      Naturalistic Garden
  • Plant Care & Propagation
    • Light Preference :
      Full Sun
      Water Preference :
      Lots of Water
      Propagation Method :
      Seed, Division, Tissue Culture

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