Bratonia Shelob ‘Tolkien’ in Bloom

I took a video of this fantastic orchid, a cross between a Brassia and a Miltonia, hence the name:

This guy has multiple spikes this year; the spidery flowers are beautifully spotted and spiky and make quite a visual impression en masse–Theme Shelob comes from J.R.R. Tolkien’s evil spider creature from his Middle Earth series of novels–

I have Bratonia Shelob ‘Tolkien’ potted in a mixture af 70% bark and 30% spagnum moss–I give him early morning sun and bright shade the rest of the day–In the summer he gets watered twice a week–This is a rewarding and easy to grow orchid, perfect for beginners–

A closeup of the fantastic lip–What A marvelous hybrid this is!–


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