Endemic to Brazil where it grows on small trees in arid conditions near the ocean coastline, within a very hot and very bright light; benefiting from regular rolling mists from the sea.
Somewhat dwarf by comparison with other plants of this genus – up to 20cm.(8”) in height with two or three fleshly leaves up to 7/8cm.-(3”) long. The inflorescence bear one or two flowers only, these are Up to 10cm.-(4”) diam. and appear usually in the spring here in the U.K. and in the autumn / early winter in its natural habitat.
Prefers to be mounted on cork or tree-fern slabs at 65F. winter overnight with 10F/15F rise during the day. Needs very good light for up to 16hrs. in 24hrs. during the summer / 14hrs. in 24hrs. in winter, humidity of 65%, wetted weekly and misted daily. More frequent wetting when in actual growth.