Thursday, February 19, 2015

Spilotantha chaetostoma

This small Masdevallia is from Ecuador.  It has been reclassified and placed in a new genus, but is still best known by its old name.  The flowers are tiny, only 1.5 cm but there are four to five flowers per spike and when the plant is in bloom it looks like it has a cloud of little white insects hovering over it.  The spikes are 15 cm and the plant 6 cm.

Friday, February 13, 2015

Lankesterella ceracifolia

This micro-miniature orchid is related to the Cattleyas and is from Argentina and Brazil. It belongs to a genus of small orchids that includes around 10 species. This species has a rosette of succulent leaves and flowers that are only a half centimeter in size. It blooms in the spring and seems to do best on a rough mount of some kind.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Mediocalcar versteegii 'Mountainside'

I've seen this species under two names and am not sure which is correct.  I purchased it as Mediocalcar versteegii, but have also seen it under the name Mediocalcar uniflorum.  In either case it is from New Guinea and is a rambling plant, each new growth coming from the top of the previous growth.  It blooms late winter to early spring and the flowers are not long-lasting.  I have my plant in a pot, but most of it is not in the pot and doesn't need to be.

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Three Orange Saltatrices Masdevallias

None of these plants had a lot of flowers and since they are all from the same group and the same color I thought I'd do them in one post.  The species in the Saltatrices groupof Masdevallias 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 of the three shown here display these features.  The three species in order are Masdevallia glomerosa, a species I've not posted before, Masdevallia mendozae, and Masdevallia hirtzii, all from Ecuador.  All three are small, the plants growing to about 10 cm with 3-4 cm flowers.

Monday, January 26, 2015

Buccella dynastes

Also and perhaps better known as Masdevallia dynastes, this small species is from Ecuador.  The plant is 10 cm tall and the flowers 2 cm.  The plant tends to have a climbing habit, but I grow it in a small net pot in live sphagnum moss.  It is supposed to be temperature tolerant, but I grow it with other cool-temperature species.  The oddly shaped and colored flowers are produced during the winter.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Sophrolaeliocattleya Circle of Life

This is one of the few hybrids I grow and one of the few Cattleyas I grow.  It's a hybrid of Laeliocattleya Culminant and the tiny red species, Sophronitis coccinea and due to the renaming of the species in its background would now be known simply as Cattleya Circle of Life.  It is a small plant as Cattleyas go, only 25 cm tall with 7-8 cm flowers, two per growth.  It blooms faithfully every spring and is one I raised from a very small seedling.

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Dendrobium cyancocentrum

This is another tiny species from New Guinea, but it belongs to a different section than most of the New Guinea Dendrobiums I post.  This jewel is from section Calyptrochilus.  The plant is only 4 cm tall and the flowers are 1.5 cm.  There is a blue-flowered form of this species as well, but both have the blue "column" that gives the species its name.  I am flowering this for the first time and it has only a single flower, but I thought I'd post it anyway.