Friday, July 25, 2014

Acianthera bragae

Acianthera bragae, also known as Pleurothallis sarracenia, is a tiny species with deeply channeled terete (pencil-like) leaves.  The leaves are 3 cm long and grow in a row on a creeping stem.  The 2 cm flowers usually come in pairs with the flowers facing each other, but occasionally as one.  The species is from Brazil.  I grow it mounted giving it cool temperatures, high humidity and good light.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Cirrhopetalum frostii

I do not grow a lot of Cirrhopetalums or Bulbophyllums, but this is one I have had for many years and it  finally bloomed for me this spring.  It is an attractive plant with fat 2 cm oval pseudobulbs closely spaced along a thick rhizome and  4 cm oval leaves.  The short flower spike comes from the base of the pseudobulb and has two or three flowers, 3 cm in size, that are often compared to a Dutch wooden shoe or a slipper.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Dendrobium Illusion

I have three different plants of this cross, a hybrid of the tiny Dendrobium cuthbertsonii and the much larger Dendrobium lawesii.  This plant is intermediate between the other two, one of which has larger flowers that are orange in color and the other which has smaller flowers which are more red in color.  They are all around 12 cm tall and the flowers are 3 cm in size.

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Dryadella barrowii

I am not 100% sure of the identification of this plant since I purchased it as something else, but my references indicate that it is Dryadella barrowii.  It has arching leaves 8 cm in length and the flowers that do not open widely and have a spread of 2 cm.  It blooms in late winter or early spring and grows in a clay pot in sphagnum moss.  It, like most of my orchids, prefers cool temperatures.

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Spilotantha chaetostoma

Also known as Masdevallia chaetostoma, this small plant is also from Ecuador.  The plant is 6 cm tall, the flower spikes 15 cm and the tiny white and yellow flowers, are 1.5 cm.  My plant is grown in sphagnum moss in a plastic net pot and blooms faithfully every spring.  It is from Ecuador and like cool temperatures and good humidity.

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Epidendrum quisayanum

This rather odd plant is from Ecuador and has 10 cm cane-like growths with soft leaves.  The flowers come several at a time at the end of the growths and are only 2 cm in size, but the bright color makes up for their smallness.  The plant requires cool to cold temperatures and is from the mountain forests.  My plant is grown in sphagnum in a small basket.

Monday, June 16, 2014

Dendrobium sulphureum var. sulphureum

This is another high-altitude species from New Guinea in the Oxyglossum section of Dendrobium.  Like most of the other plants in the section, it needs cool temperatures, good light and humidity, and also like the species in the section has triangular flowers in bright but unusual color combinations, in this case, pale yellow flowers with a dark green column and an orange mid-lobe.  The canes are 13 cm long and the 3 cm flowers come two or three at time and last many months.  Even after the leaves fall from the canes they continue to produce flowers.