Gastrochilus obliquus, also known as Slanting Gastrochilus, is a small shrub that grows to a height of 2-5 feet. It is native to Southeast Asia, but can also be found in various parts of the Himalayas, Bhutan, Sikkim, Myanmar, northern Thailand, southern China, northern Laos and Vietnam. This plant is an epiphyte, meaning it grows on other plants or on other objects in its natural habitat, at elevations of 2500-3500 ft.
Gastrochilus obliquus is a beautiful plant with long, pointed leaves that range in color from light to dark green. In the springtime, it produces bright yellow and orange flowers. It is a popular ethnomedical plant, used in traditional Chinese medicine.
In terms of care, Gastrochilus obliquus prefers semi-shade and warm temperatures, and is best grown hanging in baskets or mounted. It can be grown outdoors in USDA Zones 9-11. In cold regions, the plant can be grown in a pot and brought inside for the winter months. To ensure its survival, ensure that the plant stays in warm conditions, away from drafts. The soil should be kept moist but not overly wet, and fertilization should be done on a regular basis.
Gastrochilus obliquus is a beautiful and unique plant that adds bright color to any home or garden. With the right care and maintenance, it can be enjoyed indoors or outdoors for many years to come.