Monday, October 24, 2016

Masdevallia strobelii

This is one of my favorite MasdevalliasMasdevallia strobelii is small species from Ecuador in the section Saltatrices, with the typical hair-lined tubular and colorful flowers of that section.  It is intensely fragrant, blooms prolifically, has brightly colored flowers and is easy to grow, everything that could be asked.  Mine is grown in a plastic net pot in live sphagnum and always blooms several times a year.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Dendrobium alaticaulinum

Dendrobium alaticaulinum is a New Guinea Dendrobium from the Calyptrochilus section of that genus, though most of the New Guinea Dendrobiums I grow are from the Oxyglossum section.  The Calyptrochilus Dendrobiums tend to be large plants with long semi-pendant canes, but this species is very small in comparison, the canes around 15 cm.  The 2 cm flowers bloom at the end of the canes in clusters and do not open very widely.  The plant is not a very eager bloomer for me, but since I reduced the light a bit it has bloomed more freely, this the best blooming yet.

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Dendrobium oreodoxa x cuthbertsonii

I purchased this hybrid several years ago and as far as I know it is still unnamed.  It is a hybrid of the micro-miniature Dendrobium cuthbertsonii from section Oxyglossum and the much larger cane-type Dendrobium oreodoxa from section Calyptrochilus, both species from New Guinea.  The hybrid seems little influenced by the Dendrobium oreodoxa parent.  Both plant and flowers look like the other parent, Dendrobium cuthbertsonii.  The individual growths are less than 3 cm and the flowers are nearly 4 cm long.

Sunday, October 9, 2016

Masdevallia herradurae

Masdevallia herradurae or Acinopetala herradurae is a small, floriferous species from Colombia and Ecuador.  The plant is under 10 cm and the flowers are 2-3 cm.  When the plant is in bloom the flowers look like a clouds of dark insects hovering around the plant.  My plant is grown in a plastic net pot in live sphagnum.

Monday, October 3, 2016

Dendrobium cuthbertsonii bicolor

This is another one of my Dendrobium cuthbertsonii, the same species as the orange-flowered plant I posted not long ago, but this, obviously, is an entirely different color and is in fact a bicolored cultivar.  Like other plants of the species the flowers are veyr large for the size of the plant and last six to eight months.  The plant, some of which can be seen in the photos, is less than 3 cm tall and the flowers are 4-5 cm.  Some of my plants I grow in pots but this mounted on a piece of cedar shingle.

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Stelis hirtella

This tiny little Stelis is from Ecuador.  I received it as an unidentified Stelis from that country.  Someone has suggested that it is Stelis hirtella and and some of the pictures I've seen of that species match, though others do not.  The plant forms a mat of leaves a few centimeters high, has flower spikes that are 5-6 cm in length and that have 4-6 flowers 6 mm in diameter.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Dresslerella caesariata

Dresslerella is a small genus of plants characterized by hairy leaves, inflorescences and flowers, i.e., everything is covered with hairs.  This plant is pendant with 15 cm leaves and short stems and the 3 cm flowers come at the juncture of leave and stem.  It continues to produce flowers, one at a time, at the juncture of leaf and stem for an extended period of time  Dresslerella caesariata is from Ecuador, is cool growing and needs to be mounted because of its growth habit.  I grow mine on a piece of very open tree fern root and water it every day.  It prefers lower light and flowers better then.