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Jewel Orchid Overview
Macodes petola is an evergreen orchid species in the Orchidaceae family. Originating from Southeast Asia, this terrestrial plant is found on the rainforest floor and grows best with high humidity and indirect light. Its commonly called a Jewel Orchid as its grown more for its attractive foliage over the flowers. This tender species grows best in as much humidity as you can provide and it is very tolerant of low-lighting. Keep out of direct sunlight as this is likely to scorch the leaves. The foliage is the main attraction, leaves are velvety and coloured dark green, with striking, bright lime green, silvery veins across the leaves which positively sparkle. These lightning-like veins make Macodes petola foliage some of the most beautiful leaves in the plant kingdom. Small flowers are borne on tall stems in clusters, they are cream-yellow and pink-red in colour.