Growability scale = 2 (1=extremely easy, 10=very difficult)
Photo Pleurothallis tribuloides is a mini plant, leaves to only about 2" tall. It is a clumper, forming a dense clump of closely packed growths. The blooms eminate from a small sheath surrounding the base of each leaf, with no evident spike. The blooms are small, perhaps 3/8", generally a dull crimson red in color, and somewhat resemble a closed crab claw. I refer to this plant as being "sneaky" as the blooms seemingly just appear with no warning. The plant may stay in bloom for as long as 2 years, perhaps longer, with only a very short break taken between waves of blooms. After the cycle is completed, the plant will generally wait until the next Spring before starting another cycle. This is a very easy plant to grow and bloom. While the best growth seems to occur when the plant is kept just damp, the plant actually seems to prefer dry periods in order to bloom at it's best. Our own plant is 5 years old, mounted, and is only watered once per week. The area is in bright shade and rather humid, generally 70-90%. The plant seems resistant to most organisms that might harm it. We therefore do not include the plant in our normal pesticide/fungicide regime, there being no particular reason to poison the plant unnecessarily.
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