The Chytroglossa genus contains only three species and they are all endemic to Southern Brazil. All three species grow in mountainous regions at elevations of 500-700metres where rain and mist is frequent all year. Chytroglossa marileoniae is a mini-orchid with mid to olive-green leaves which are thin and pointed, growing 3-4 cms long they form fan-like growths.
Flowers are produced on thin, wiry spikes growing in Spring from the base of the completed current years’ fan, spikes can be about 5cms long and can carry 8-12 sweetly fragrant flowers which last for two weeks or so. The sepals and petals are apple green, the lip has dark reddish blotches and a white base. Flowers are around 2cms long.
My plant, as illustrated, is still young but originally held two spikes, unfortunately, I broke one of them and so only one is shown. I grow it on a cork mount with a little moss around the roots, it prefers cool to warm conditions in full to semi-shade, regular watering, and good air movement together with high humidity.