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PlantFiles: Species Orchid, Yellow Ground Orchid, Slender Spathoglottis
Spathoglottis gracilis

Family: Orchidaceae (or-kid-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Spathoglottis (spath-oh-GLOT-tiss) (Info)
Species: gracilis (GRASS-il-is) (Info)

4 members have or want this plant for trade.

Tropicals and Tender Perennials

12-18 in. (30-45 cm)
18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade


Bloom Color:
Bright Yellow

Bloom Time:
Late Winter/Early Spring
Late Spring/Early Summer
Mid Winter
Blooms repeatedly


Other details:
This plant is suitable for growing indoors
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)
From seed; germinate in vitro in gelatin, agar or other medium

Seed Collecting:
Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds

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No positives
2 neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral PamHou On Mar 11, 2013, PamHou from Houston, TX wrote:

I have had this growing in a pot for a couple years now; it has been blooming since January (will probably finish this month). I keep it outdoors unless temps go into the 40s (it turns purplish in a bad way, if left out in too cool weather). I had one in the ground a couple of years ago; temps got into the mid-20s, and I lost it, even though I had it covered. I really love the beautiful, graceful, sunny yellow flowers - there have been about a dozen bloom spikes, each with about 4-6 buds.

Neutral PetalPeople On Jul 23, 2012, PetalPeople from Lake Forest, CA wrote:

This orchid looks very similiar to a Mokara or a Dendrobium orchid. For fresh cut flower arranging, the stem is a little short.

You can see similiar orchids used in arrangements @


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Deland, Florida
Hobe Sound, Florida
Loxahatchee, Florida
Miami, Florida
Zephyrhills, Florida

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