Macodes petola is part of the Orchidaceae family and its native range is S. Nansei-shoto, Peninsula Thailand to W. & Central Malesia. It’s creeping rhizomes grow in lowland forests as a warm growing terrestrial orchid. Leaves are elliptic and green-yellow with striking gold venation. In winter the plant will form flower spikes and begin to bloom, flowers are small with brown and green centres.
Genus name comes from the Ancient Greek word macros meaning for long, this refers to the long lip on the flower's labellum.
Height: Approximately 15cm from base of plastic terrarium.
Light: These plants grow on the forest floor in their native environment. Indirect light or shade, between 400-800 foot-candles. It is important for the plant to see the sky in order to survive.
Water: Macodes petola prefer the moss to be kept moist - providing that the plant is receiving adequate light. When kept in high humidity it won’t need watering as frequently.
Potting medium: Sphagnum moss or a mix of coco chips, coco coir, pine bark, perlite and worm castings, it’s also beneficial to add a layer of sphagnum moss to the top to keep the temperature up and moisture in. Macodes have a short root system due to their rhizomatic growth habit, it is best to pot them in shallow pots.
Fertilising: Feed your plant monthly during the growing season or when you observe active growth. You can dilute fertiliser to half the recommended amount but never add more.
Temperature: 16-28°C; 22˚C is considered ideal during the day with cooler night temperatures.
Humidity: Macodes petola require higher humidity (70-80%), these plants work well in a terrarium. You can increase humidity by placing the plant on a watered pebble tray, under a cloche or using a humidifier.
Macodes petola is non-toxic.