Macodes petola care and culture

Macodes petola is native to Java, Malaysia, Sumatra, Borneo, Philippines and the southern islands of Ryukyu. In Java, this orchid grows on the whole island in swampy forests, where the dry season is not very long...

 Macodes petola also called as The Petiole Macodes, Anoectochilus petola, Anoectochilus veitchianus, Anoectochilus veitchii, Argyrorchis javanica, Haemaria argyroneura, Macodes argyroneura, Macodes javanica, Macodes petola var argenteo-reticulata, Macodes petola var. cuprea, Macodes petola var. latifolia, Macodes petola var robusta, Macodes petola var. superba, Macodes petola var. velutina, Macodes robusta, Macodes veitchii, Macodes xanthophyllus, Neottia petola, Rhomboda confuse, Spiranthes petola, is a species of the genus Macodes. This species was described by John Lindley in 1840.


 Macodes petola is native to Java, Malaysia, Sumatra, Borneo, Philippines and the southern islands of Ryukyu. In Java, this orchid grows on the whole island in swampy forests, where the dry season is not very long. Usually they are rather shady places at altitudes of 300-1400 m. In Malaysia, it is found in several places in lowland forests and at moderate heights in the hills north of Pinang. In Sumatra, it is found in numerous locations from the north to the south of the island, and on nearby islands, at altitudes up to 1600 m. In Borneo, it is found in Kalimantan and Sabah, where it grows mossy rocks, in forests, at heights of 100-1500 m, and he was also recently found in Sarawak in the Serian district, a little south of Kuching, at an altitude of 600 m. In the Philippines, it is found at an altitude of about 300 m on the island of Luzon in the provinces of Laguna and Quezon and on the island of Mindanao in the province of Agusan.
Macodes petola care and culture
 It is an evergreen, small sized, warm to hot growing terrestrial with a fleshy creeping rhizome carrying to 8, spiraling in a loose whorl, elliptic to ovate, acute, fleshy, up to 12 cm long and 7 cm wide, hairy appearing as velvet, dark bottle green with 5 longitudinal and many reticulate veins of gold leaves that are purple green underneath and having a clasped at the base, grooved petiole.
 The Petiole Macodes blooms with small, insignificant, non-resupinate flowers on an erect, terminal, to 20 cm long, inflorescence. The small flowers are about 1.1 cm in diameter, they are usually arranged with a lip upwards, they are red-brown with a white lip. The outer whorls are ovate, sharp or bluntly tipped, covered with hairs on the outside and have a brown or ore color with greenish or whitish flecks and tip.


 Cultural information should only be used as a guide, and should be to be adapted to suit you. Your physical location; where you grow your plants, how much time you have to devote to their care, and many other factors, will need to be taken into account. Only then can you decide on the cultural methods that best suit you and your plants.


 Macodes petola needs a light level of 10000-18000 lux. Light of low intensity should be filtered or dispersed, and the plants should not be exposed to direct sunlight. Strong air movement should be ensured all the time.
Macodes petola care and culture
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 It is a thermophilic plant. Throughout the year, the average day temperature is 27-29 ° C, and the average night temperature is 18-19 ° C, with a daily amplitude of 9-11 ° C.


 The Petiole Macodes needs the humidity of 85-90% for most of the year, and during 3 summer months it falls below 85%.

Substrate, growing media and repotting:

 Macodes petola requires a substrate that perfectly drains water, rich and porous as much as possible, high temperatures and high humidity throughout the year, shading and non-breaking of the root ball. It suggests using a substrate composed of equal parts of leaf soil, chopped Osmund fern fibers or tree ferns, sphagnum moss, porous gravel with the size of pea grains or broken pumice.


 Rainfall is intense throughout the year. The cultivated plants should be abundantly watered, especially during active growth. The substrate should never completely dry up, but it can not soak or break down.
Macodes petola care and culture


 During the active growth, the plants should be fertilized every week 1/4-1/2 of the recommended dose of fertilizer for orchids. You can use balanced fertilizer throughout the year, but you can also use fertilizer with increased nitrogen content from spring to mid summer, and then in the late summer and autumn, use a fertilizer with a higher content of phosphorus.

Rest period:

 Watering in winter can be somewhat reduced, especially in the case of Macodes petola grown in dark places, in the conditions of a short day typical of higher latitudes. However, never let it completely dry up. If the amount of water supplied decreases, the fertilization should also be reduced until a normal spring watering schedule is taken.




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Macodes petola is native to Java, Malaysia, Sumatra, Borneo, Philippines and the southern islands of Ryukyu. In Java, this orchid grows on the whole island in swampy forests, where the dry season is not very long...
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