Thursday, September 11, 2014

Promenaea stapelioides

The Promenaeas are all cool growing, lower light species from Brazil.  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, small pseudobulbs and large 4 cm flowers.  I grow it in live sphagnum in a plastic net pot and keep it moist with high humidity.

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Dendrobium cuthbertsonii x glomeratum

This is another unregistered hybrid of Dendrobium cuthbertsonii, this with Dendrobium glomeratum, a large cane-type Dendrobium, also from New Guinea, as is Dendrobium cuthbertsonii.  Like most such hybrid it is much easier to grow than the parents and is more temperature tolerant.  It has huge flowers, 4 cm long on a plant that is only 10 cm tall.

Monday, September 1, 2014

Dendrobium cuthbertsonii bicolor

Dendrobium cuthbertsonii is a plant I've posted many times.  The flowers come in a rainbow of colors and I have many different plants of this choice species.  This is one of my favorites with huge and beautiful bi-colored flowers.  It is also a smaller plant as this species goes.  None of them are large but some form a creeping mat while others have tiny upright growths.  This is more the creeping type.  The species is from New Guinea and requires cool temperatures and high humidity.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Phalaenopsis Mini Mark 'Holm'

I have only a couple Phalaenopsis, all of them smaller plants that are grown on a bathroom windowsill.  This is one of them, a hybrid of Phalaenopsis philippinense and Phalaenopsis Micro Nova.  It is a small plant and the flowers, too, are small, about 3 cm.  It blooms in the fall and is easy to grow and flower.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Platystele ortiziana

This is a tiny thing, the plant only 3 cm tall, the flower spikes 5 cm long, and the tiny heads of flowers only a few millimeters across.  It is from Columbia and is named after an orchid enthusiast from that country.  The genus Platystele belongs to the group of orchids known as Pleurothallids and is related to Masdevallia.

Friday, August 15, 2014

Phragmipedium Cardinale 'Birchwood'

Phragmipedium Cardinale 'Birchwood' is an awarded clone of an older Phragmipedium hybrid.  It is a hybrid of Phragmipedium schlimii and Phragmipedium Sedenii.  It is a smaller Phragmipedium and does well in a saucer of water (so that it is soaking wet at all times) and on a bathroom windowsill.  It blooms several times a year for us.  The flowers are 6 cm and bloom successively, two or three to a flower spike.

Monday, August 11, 2014

Dendrobium Gina Perlite 'Crystal White'

This beautiful hybrid of the tiny Demdrobium cuthbertsonii and the hard-to-grow Dendrobium prasinum is seldom out of bloom and is much easier to grow and more warmth tolerant than either of the parents.  It is a slightly larger plant than Dendrobium cuthbertsonii and the leaves have only a hint of the "pebbled" surface of the leaves of that species.  Why this plant's clonal name is "Crystal White' I do not know since the flowers are a soft yellow color.