Saturday, May 26, 2012

A little more about orchids

Here are a couple of shots of my Cattleya aclandiae specimen.  I mounted five seedlings, directly from the flask, onto a 2 foot long piece of oak harvested from a nearby ravine. Four of the seedlings survived and are thriving.  Despite claims that this species is difficult to grow, the seedlings have grown rapidly and this spring two plants have produced their first flowers four year s after being mounted.

The roots are one of the most attractive features of this plant.  Although this plant will grow in a container, it is much better grown where the roots can fully develop.

A couple of pictures of the second flower from a seedling of Cattleya aclandiae.  These pictures taken with a different light filter setting on my new camera.

Another recent introduction and rarely grown species is Dendrobium trantuanii.  The color combination of blue-gray foliage and pearly pink flowers provide for a subtly but unique combination that renders this plant one of the most commented upon in my collection.  It never ceases to amaze me that this species was discovered and described as recently as 2003!  This plant was obtained from Andy's Orchids.

The rare and desirable Paphiopedilum violascens is about to flower in my collection for the first time.  

The desert specialist and behemoth of the orchid world is Eulophia petersii. The inflorescence of this plant is over 5 feet tall.  Here is a close-up of one of the flowers.

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