Red Crucifix Orchid
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Red Crucifix Orchid
ntroduced Photo: Thingnam Girija
Common name: Red Crucifix Orchid
Botanical name: Epidendrum radicans    Family: Orchidaceae (Orchid family)
Synonyms: Epidendrum pratense, Epidendrum rhizophorum

Red Crucifix Orchid is a reed stem Epidendrum, which normally grows up to three feet tall. This species is very easy to cultivate. The plant branches freely, and throws out lateral growths and aerial roots rapidly. Best grown on where support of the rambling canes and numerous lateral growths can be provided. Tolerates wide variety of temperature and environmental conditions. In temperate climates, can be grown outside, where it rapidly forms a hedge mass. Red Crucifix Orchid bears a densely flowered head of red/orange flowers, with yellow throats, on a inflorescence which arises from the top of the cane. The flowers open sequentially and are very long lasting.

Identification credit: Navendu Pagé Photographed in Imphal, Manipur.

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