Macodes petola is part of the Orchidaceae family and its native range is S. Nansei-shoto, Peninsula Thailand to W. & Central Malesia. It’s creeping rhizomes grow in lowland forests as a warm growing terrestrial orchid. Leaves are elliptic and green-yellow with striking gold venation. In winter the plant will form flower spikes and begin to bloom, flowers are small with brown and green centres.
Genus name comes from the ancient Greek word for length, this refers to the long lip on the flower's labellum.
Pot: ø 6cm.
Height: Approximately 10cm from base of pot.
Light: Position in indirect light where it won’t necessarily see the sun. Between 400-800 foot-candles.
Water: This plant prefers evenly moist potting mix, when kept in high humidity it won’t need watering too frequently.
Potting mix: This plant can grow in sphagnum moss, alternatively, a mix of horticultural charcoal, coco coir and bark would also work (10:50:40). Macodes have a short root system due to their rhizomatic growth habit, it is best to pot them in shallow pots.
Fertilising: Feed monthly during the growing season or when you observe active growth.
Humidity: Macodes petola prefer higher humidity, ideally 70% with good air circulation. To increase humidity, grow under a cloche but lift at least once a day to allow air to circulate. This plant would do well in a terrarium too.
Macodes petola is non-toxic