The phrase 'beautiful orchid' invariably conjures in my mind an image of this particular species.
It's not just the blue-violet perianth or the creamy citrus scent. On top of everything else, it's that lip, thickly carpeted with hairs, that makes Pescatoria* lehmannii extraordinary to me. That combination of beauty and quirkiness is irresistible.
So what's up with that lip, anyway? Let's remove the petals and sepals and have a closer look.
We grow Pescatoria lehmannii in a greenhouse with intermediate temperatures, 85% relative humidity and 80 % shade. It does well for us in a mixture of premium sphagnum and coarse shredded tree fern fiber. Since pescatorias (all Zygopetalinae, actually) hate root disturbance, I prefer to grow them in cedar baskets rather than plastic containers. After about three years, the basket disintegrates and becomes easy to remove with minimal root disturbance.
*I've updated the spelling of this genus to make it consistent with the International Plant Names Index.