This beauty is part of the Orchidaceae family and is native to Southern China, Indochina, Malaysia and Indonesia. It's commonly known as 'Jewel Orchid' and is a terrestrial grower. The leaves are dark in colour and ovate in shape and feel almost velvety in texture. Ludisia discolour flowers during autumn and winter, they are small white blooms which smell beautiful.
Height: Approxiately 30cm from base of the pot.
Secrets of success
Temperature: 15°C and above.
Light: These plants grow on the forest floor so lower light is fine, perhaps a north facing window ledge.
Watering: These plants need their substrate to stay damp.
Air humidity: Higher humidity is best, these plants work well in a terrarium. Other ways to achieve higher humidity include, misting, grouping plants together, using a humidifier or placing your plant on a tray of watered pebbles.
Potting mix: An all purpose potting mix should be fine, perhaps add some perlite too; Ludisia don't need orchid bark.
This plant is non-toxic.