Ludisia discolor var. alba is part of the Orchidaceae family and is found in Southern China, Indochina, Malaysia and Indonesia. It is a terrestrial orchid with green ovate leaves with longitudinal white venation. This species flowers in autumn-winter.


Pot: 12cm diameter.

Height: Approximately 20cm from base of pot.


Secrets to 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 prefer 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.


Fertilising: L.discolor isn't a heavy feeder, use an orchid fertiliser once a month.


Potting mix: A mix of perlite, sphagnum moss, bark and peat moss. Adding a small amount of activated charcoal would help to eliminate smells and to absorb salt from synthetic fertiliser as well as improving overall substrate health.


This plant is non-toxic.

Ludisia discolor var. alba