Rhynchostylis retusa (also called Foxtail Orchid)

Rhynchostylis retusa

Rhynchostylis retusa

The orchid has a bunch consisting of more than 100 pink-spotted white flowers.

In India, the plant is most common in North-East, Orissa and Andhra Pradesh.The plant is in the verge of extinction in India. Rhychostylis Retusa is recognized as the state flower of Arunachal Pradesh and Assam in India as well the Uva Province of Sri Lanka.

Rhynchostylis orchids grow epiphytically in the Asian rainforests on the lower parts of trees, unlike Vanda orchids, which grow on the tops.Rhynchostylis retusa, generally found in Assam in abundance
Rhynchostylis orchids grow in shaded areas so they do not tolerate much direct sunlight unlike Vanda. In fact, they require bright indirect sunlight (something more than for Phalaenopsis but without a direct sun in midday). they are warm to hot growing orchids and don’t tolerate cool temperatures. It is a good idea to grow them bare-rooted without a substrate or in pure large bark in hanging baskets, just like Vanda orchids. They prefer humid air but they can tolerate somewhat dry air. Their roots look like as Vanda ones, but they are actually more tender and fragile, you should water them regularly but allow them to dry between watering, fertilizers should be applied in spring-winter months but not so abundant as for Vanda, because their growth rate is not so fast as Vanda’s.


It normally bloom from fall to winter





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Rhynchostylis Care


Rhynchostylis native to the Indian Subcontinent, China, Indochina, Malaysia, Indonesia and the Philippines.Rhynchostylis is one of the Orchid family, consisting of 3 currently species.
1) Rhynchostylis gigantea ( https://www.wikiwand.com/en/Rhynchostylis_gigantea )

blooms in January to February.

2) Rhynchostylis coelestis ( https://www.wikiwand.com/en/Rhynchostylis_coelestis )

Blooming in Summer and Fall.

3) Rhynchostylis retusa ( https://www.wikiwand.com/en/Rhynchostylis_retusa)

Flowering is usually summer into fall

Medicinally Rhynchostylis retusa is used to treat wounds, cuts and bruises. Due to bio-piracy, the plant is in the verge of extinction in India. Rhynchostylis retusa is recognized as the state flower of Arunachal Pradesh and Assam.

Rhynchostylis  prefers the warm humid climate of Southeast Asia.Although this is indeed a warm-growing orchid, it is tolerant of a wider range of light conditions other than Vandaceous orchids. it can grow lesser light condition than that of vandas and ascocendas. Unlike Vanda species, they need indirect light.possible to grow under lower light like a Phalaenopsis. The leaves will be a dark green but it does not seem to diminish flower production.
Despite being in the Vanda Tribe, they are very different from Vandas. It is They grow more slowly, their roots are more fragile, and almost any direct sun will harm them. However, they are typically grown with no potting mix on slat baskets or mounted just like Vandas.

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