Monday, February 27, 2012

Lepanthes escobariana

Here is Lepanthes escobariana once again.  One of my favorite Lepanthes, it is easy to grow and the flower spikes produce flowers successively over a very long period of time so that the plant is always in bloom with very large flowers for the size of the plant.  It comes from Colombia and is named for a Colombian orchid grower, Rodrigo Escobar.  The flowers are about 2 cm tall and are arranged on long wiry spikes that grow from the leaf-base of single-leaved growths about 3-4 cm tall.



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  1. these are ones I woud love to see a Bugs Eye View of

    what might those landing discs look like in the vision of a bug.

    I love to imagine how these nod prettily in a nice breeze

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    1. HI Marti,

      Many flowers when seen under uv light have patterns that are probably attractive to insects, providing aiming points for landing or simulating other insects.

      Here's a link if you're interested:
      http://rosettastone.wordpress.com/2006/05/04/see-like-a-bee-ultraviolet-flower-photography/

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  2. Lepanthes look like great little plants - was looking through last March's edition of AOS's Orchids again magazine this morning, and they had some pretty nifty species in there from Costa Rica - the one with flower parts that look like bright orange halberds was particularly awesome (falx-bellica or something like that?). Yes: http://www.epidendra.org/taxones/Lepanthes/Lepanthes%20falx-bellica/bogarin_394.jpg

    I love the almost luminescent yellow on this one, looks like someone sprinkled ground up highlighter on it!

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    1. Some of them I find difficult, James, but what I have discovered is that I tend to give them too much light. They like it pretty shady. In any case, they are some of my favorite miniatures and this one is going in our show next week.

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