Thursday, September 1, 2016

Epigenium nakaharei

This plant blooms off and on throughout the year with a few flowers, but is now coming into its main bloom season.  Epigeneium nakaharaei is from Taiwan and is closely related to Dendrobium.  In fact, it was once classified as a Dendrobium.  The growths are 3-4 cm, a grooved and curved pseudobulb with a single oblong leaf at the top, and the flowers 2.5 cm with a glossy brown lip.  It quickly forms a large clump and scrambles all over and for that reason is best grown on a mount.  The individual flowers are not long lasting but very unusual and very beautiful in coloring and texture.

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