I call this “the people’s orchid” or an orchid for everyone because it is so easy to grow. It doesn’t need any fancy bark–it’s a “terrestrial” orchid, meaning it grows in soil and doesn’t hang from the trees in the wild. So good potting soil is fine for this one.
And it blooms reliably without fail every winter. This is the first in a series of 5 “Houseplants for Winter” that I’ll do in January.
It’s botanical name is ludesia or hamelia discolor. It’s also known as the Jewel Orchid, for its lovely jewel-like leaves.