Luisia trichoriza - Hairy Root Orchid

Other Genera Species

by Anu Dharmani

Originally published in BellaOnline

Posted by Sys Admin almost 7 years ago.


This article references Lsa. trichorrhiza.
Article Blog   Article Index

Luisia trichorhiza is a unique looking orchid. The stems and the leaves are thin needle-like and green in colour. This orchid is an epiphyte growing in tropical as well as temperate climatic zones. It can be seen growing as a lithophyte (growing on rocks) also.

Regional Distribution: Luisia trichorhiza is found growing throughout South and South East Asia, New Guinea. It also occurs in the Pacific Islands of Fiji and Samoa as well as Australia. 

Local namesKoira in Orissa (India).

Physical description: Luisia has an erect and climbing stem, which is terete in chararter (that is thin needle like). Leaves are also terete and look similar to the stem. Flowers are small, about 1 cm. Single flowers appear simultaneously at several points along the stem. Aerial stem arise from the lower nodes.

Cultivation practices
1. Watering: It requires frequent watering because Luisia does not have any water storage organs. It does give out aerial roots but these do not store much water.
2. Light: It grows in exposed conditions in the natural habitats, so it can be grown out in open or in direct sun. If your region does not have high humidity, then keep a container filled with water near it to maintain congenial the microclimate around the orchid. Or you can place a humidifier which ever is convenient. 
3. Temperature: It grows well in warm temperatures. 
4. Fertilization: Use fertilizers which are meant for orchids. Before fertilizing read the instructions carefully and apply as instructed. 
5. Propagation techniques: it can be grown in baskets or tree log, using coconut husk, moss, tree fern etc. can be used as growth medium. Both coconut- husk chunks and husk fibers can be used. Luisia can also be grown in pots, where the growth medium can be charcoal pieces, tree bark which gets dry faster than the coconut husk or moss.
6. Pest and diseases: Careful and frequent monitoring of the orchids is the best method to control pests and diseases. This way pests and diseases can be controlled easily before causing and extensive damage to the orchids. With an added benefit to the environment by reduced use of chemicals

Uses other than ornamental
1. In India, it is used as a local medicine for curing Jaundice. For that whole plant is dried and crushed to make a paste, which has to be consumed orally with water on empty stomach. It is also used to treat diarrhea in cattle.
2. A paste of leaves of Luisia is used as external application to relieve muscular pain in Nepal. 

References
1. Dash, P.K. et.al. 2008. Ethnobotanical studies on orchids of Niyamgiri Hill ranges, Orissa, India. Ethnobot. Leafl. 12: 70 -78.

Share on Social Media:  
Log in to Add a Comment

New Topics

  1. Nancy Shapiro asked question Where did you find this type of orchid pot? in category General Discussion
  2. Charles H Wood asked question Orchids wanted St.Croix usvi in category General Discussion
  3. William Gorski asked question Is this a species or Primary Hybrid? in category General Discussion
  4. Therese Stecher asked question Banrot 40WP in category General Discussion
  5. Chen Jimmy asked question How to determine the species composition´╝č in category General Discussion

New Comments

  1. Carol Holdren commented on topic "What is the culture for Cattliante Chongkolnee" by Mike Minney
  2. Dianne Mayne commented on topic "Banrot 40WP" by Therese Stecher
  3. Linda Thorne commented on member plant Paphiopedilum Munchkin Mopsi Aru by Linda Thorne
  4. Carol Holdren commented on topic "Orchids wanted St.Croix usvi" by Charles H Wood
  5. William Gorski commented on topic "Is this a species or Primary Hybrid?" by William Gorski
  6. Henry Shaw commented on member plant Coel. Jannine Banks 'Snow White' by Henry Shaw
  7. Carol Holdren commented on topic "Trichocentrum luridum" by Danny Lyon
  8. Carol Holdren commented on topic "How to determine the species composition´╝č" by Chen Jimmy
  9. Lois Lane commented on member plant Ctna. Why Not by Alex Maximiano
  10. Carol Holdren commented on topic "SSPECIES OF ORCHID" by JENNIFER CHARMAN
  11. Carol Holdren commented on topic "Why can't I post on this site? " by Lois Lane
  12. Carol Holdren commented on topic "Historic Cattleya" by Karen Johansen
  13. Carol Holdren commented on topic "Encyclia aspera" by William Woodcock
  14. Jim McGuinn commented on topic "Designing a greenhouse for orchid growing" by Ron Hellendall
  15. Mark Bennett commented on member plant Sarcochilus Newbold Alta 'SBC092' by Mark Bennett
  16. Mark Bennett commented on member plant Sarcochilus Newbold High Noon 'SB140' by Mark Bennett
  17. Carol Holdren commented on orchid Epi. Moonlight Firefies
  18. Jeanne Uzar Hudson commented on topic "Paph Support" by Nicholas Levendosky
  19. Rosemary Chenery commented on topic "Lost tag - can anyone provide a name" by Rosemary Chenery
  20. Taylor Savage commented on topic "Myrmecatavola Frances Fox" by Elizabeth Wagner