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​Myrmecophila Tibiana

  • ​​Common Name: Schomburgkia (Myrmecophila Tibiana)
  • Scientific Name: Myrmecophila Tibiana
  • Family Name: Orchidaceae
  • Origin: Tropical Central and South America and the West Indies
  • Height: large – can grow up to 5’
  • Width: unknown – flowers are 2” – 3”
  • Growth: Fast
  • Zone: 9 - 11
  • Light Needs: Very bright, full sun
  • Salt Tolerance:  unknown
  • Soil/PH/Texture: prefer to be mounted in treetops or on very well drained media
  • Soil Moisture: water frequently 2 – 3 times a week, less in winter
  • Drought Tolerance: low - none
  • Pests/Diseases: not any major pest and disease concerns
  • Growing Conditions: easy to grow and low maintenance
  • Characteristics: has large pseudobulbs, long paniculate spike that blooms clusters of large pink with orange toned flowers at its apex.
  • Propagation: by division
  • Wildlife: attracts birds, bees, and butterflies
  • Facts: hybridized in 1982, It is a cross of Mcp. tibicinis x Mcp. Thomsoniana making it a “primary hybrid”. It has hollow pseudobulbs, which harbor ant colonies that are said to protect delicate parts of the plants such as root tips.
  • Designer Considerations: use in a hanging basket or in a pot but it prefers to be mounted in a tree.