Dove orchids Also called Peristeria Elata or Holy Ghost orchids

The Peristeria elata species, commonly known as the dove orchid, holy ghost orchid, and flower of the holy spirit, belongs to the Peresteria genus. In 1831, William Jackson Hooker wrote a detailed description about this species of flower.  There is no denying the striking physical resemblance between the Peristeria Elata’s inner petals and a dove in flight one can easily  See the natural resemblance of this flower by taking a closer look.  

Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Panamá, and Venezuela are the native habitats of Peristeria elata. It grows on the moss-covered tree trunks, the edges of shaded grasslands, and stone outcrops in the extremely humid mountain forests between elevations of 100 and 700 meters beneath the sea level.

The Holy Ghost orchid is a big, warm to hot-growing grassland or lithophytic orchid with oval or conical shape, approximately  12 cm long, lengthened pseudobulbs that are basally covered by imbricate, papery sheaths with the upper 2 bearing leaves. The leaves are apical, plicate, broadly lanceolate to elliptic, acute or acuminate, and between 3 and 5, up to 1 m long and 15 cm wide. Below, the leaves gradually narrow into the conduplicate short petiolate base.

The rigid, tall, 10–20-flowered inflorescence that extends from the bulb’s base which is up to 135 cm long and it  mostly blooms in the summer. The fragrant, cup-shaped flowers have white petals and sepals with purple specks down its edge, the blossom lip is white.

Care and Culture for Dove Orchids, Peristeria Elata or Holy spirit Orchids-– Only use cultural knowledge as a starting point; customize it to fit your needs. You will need to consider several other elements, like your geographical location, where you grow your plants, how much time you have to commit to caring for them, and many others. Then you can choose the cultural practices that work best for you and your plants


By Marvellos Yunusa

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