Thursday, August 25, 2016
The Promenaeas, a genus of around eighteen species from Brazil, are all cool growing, lower light plants with soft leaves and small pseudobulbs. This species, my favorite, is named for its flowers' resemblance to the flowers of a Stapelia plant. The plant is 8 cm tall with bluish-green leaves and large 4 cm flowers. It does not bloom as prolifically as some of the other species, but the flowers are uniquely colored and patterned. I grow it in live sphagnum in a plastic net pot and keep it moist with high humidity.
Dendrobium Flower Baby is a hybrid of Dendrobium cuthbertsonii with Dendrobium victoria-reginae, a much larger species with thin semi-pendant canes. In color and patterning the flowers resemble the larger parent but the plant size has been much reduced and the canes have become thick upright pseudobulbs. I have two plants of this cross, this plant slightly taller than the other with paler flowers. The plant is 10 cm tall and the flowers 3 cm.
Wednesday, August 17, 2016
Masdevallia glomerosa is from Ecuador and belongs to the Saltatrices group of Masdevallias. These have tubular flowers, bright colors, glandular hairs lining the inside of the flower and a distinct bulge at the bast of the flower tube. The photos shown here display these features. This is a small species, the plants growing to about 10 cm with 3-4 cm flowers. I grow it like many of my other Masdevallias, in a plastic net pot and live sphagnum. It is watered nearly every day and given a very weak solution of fertilizer every few weeks.
Monday, August 8, 2016
I have two different plants of Dendrobium hellwigianum, the other one of them a paler pink and with more of a bluish cast to the flowers. The species seems easy enough to grow when given cool temperatures and high light. In this case the plant is 10 cm tall and the individual flowers between 3 and 4 cm and usually produced in pairs at the top of the pseudobulb and between the narrow channeled leaves. Like all the Oxyglossum Dendrobiums the flowers are very long-lasting.
Tuesday, August 2, 2016
Acianthera bragae, also known as Pleurothallis sarracenia (sarracenia = slug), 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.
Friday, July 29, 2016
I grow numerous clones of this species in all different colors and sizes, but this is one of my favorites. I like the rose-purple and the clear color differentiation, as well as the fact that the flowers open widely. Like at Dendrobium cuthbertsonii, this is a tiny plant, only a couple of centimeters tall with huge flowers for the size of the plant, in this case 4-5 cm.
Wednesday, July 27, 2016
I am not entirely sure of the identification of this species. It was purchased a Trichoceros species from Peru and seems to fit best the description of Trichoceros hajekiorum. I has a rambling habit with the small pseuobulbs spaced at 3-4 cm intervals, each carrying a tiny leaf at the top of the pseudobulb and with larger sheathing leaves around the pseudobulb. The 8 cm flower spikes come from the base of the pseudobulb and carry two flowers.