Saturday, April 19, 2014

Porroglossum driesei

The Porroglossums are a strange groups of orchids.  They all have hinged, insect trapping lips and two of the pictures below show this species with the lip open and closed.  Porroglossum dreisei is from Ecuador and blooms repeatedly on the same flower spikes, so that it is seldom out of bloom.  The plant is 4 cm tall, the flower spikes are 12 cm long and the flowers 1.5 cm, oddly shaped and oddly colored.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Masdevallia lamprotyria

Masdevallia lamprotyria is a very fragrant species from Ecuador and Peru.  It's scent will perfume a whole room, but it's colorful and oddly shaped flowers are attractive too.  It has narrow, upright leaves that are 10 cm and the flowers, produced int he spring, are 3 cm.  The name lamprotyria refers to the color of the flowers and the scent is of lilacs.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Masdevallia mendozae

Masdevallia mendozae is a cool-growing species from the highlands of Ecuador.  It is one of the species in section Saltatrices, a group of species with brightly colored tubular flowers that are lined with glandular hairs, visible in these pictures.  It is somewhat difficult to grow, at least in my experience.  I had a large plant that seemed to be gradually dying off but which has now started to come back and I do not know what caused the decline or why it has started to recover.

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Paphiopedilum China Dragon

Paphiopedilum China Dragon is a hybrid of Paphiopedilum Nisqually and Paphiopedilum China Song, and has four species in its background, Paphiopedilums acmodontum, appletonianum, bullenianum, and a double dose of sukhakulii.  It has variegated foliage and blooms faithfully for me every spring.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Dendrobium leucocyanum

Dendrobium leucocyanum is a miniature species from high altitude montane forests in New Guinea.  It is cool to cold growing and produced clusters of pale blue flowers in late winter.  The flowers are 0.4cm long and do not open very widely.  The pseudobulbs with their leaves are 2-3cm tall.  The plant blooms on the older leafless pseudobulbs.  This blooming only had three flowers, the first time the plant bloomed for me, but the clusters can have many more flowers.

Monday, March 24, 2014

Sophrolaeliocattleya Minibeau

This miniature Cattleya is a hybrid of Sc. Beaufort and Slc. Minipet.  I've grown it from a very small seedling and this is the best it's bloomed.  The flowers are well-shaped and have very good color.  It is now, due to name changes, simply Cattleya Minibeau.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Lankesterella ceracifolia

This unusual miniature species is from Argentina and Brazil and is, if I am not mistaken, related to Cattleya.  The flowers are a little over half a centimeter and the plant with its rosette of waxy leaves is four centimeters.  The species name refers to the waxiness of the leaves.  The edges of the leaves, the flower spikes and the outside of the flowers are all covered with hairs. It belong to a genus of eight to ten species that are all very tiny.