Maxillariella tenuifolia30 March
This orchid is known for its undeniable fresh coconut scent, if only scratch and sniff was a virtual feature! True to its name the coconut orchid stops anyone in their tracks as soon as they smell the aromatic flower. Flowers are produced from the base of the pseudo bulbs in the spring. The species Maxillariella was discovered near Veracruz, Mexico by Karl Theodore Hartweg and described by Lindley in 1837 in the Botanical Register. It is primarily a low elevation species found from Mexico to Costa Rica at elevations up to 1500m
We have many coconut orchid plants in the Orchid Garden near the wishing well. In the Orchid Garden you will see a large specimen of the coconut orchid which was dedicated to the founder of the garden Dan Lutkenhouse.