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Old 10-16-2019, 03:15 PM
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Ornithocephalus manabina (an easy miniature)
Grown under bright artificial light on the warm side with moderate humidity, kept moist but allowing to dry between watering. I think they fall under the Oncidiinae subtribe.

Last year's bloom

Currently housed in this terrarium

I've been growing this one (along with O. gladiatus, O. inflexus, & O. irdifolius) for a couple of years. As with many other orchids, the 'bird head orchids' can look very similar to each other (foliage and flowers). In terms of ID, this can be a very confusing genus. A lot of mis-identification in this group.

Impossible for me to get a close-up of the flowers without proper macro camera equipment. Sometimes (under magnification), differences can be picked-up... shape of flowers, flower size, hints of flower color, flower
lips, crystalline appearance of flowers: especially when flowers are fresh ~ along with shape of the fans, longer/thinner leaves, spike length, etc.

I am not a Botanist (nor an expert), so many times I tend to match my plants to descriptions that closely agree with those descriptions (usually via pictures: O.iridifolius example Advanced Search).
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Old 11-16-2019, 01:32 PM
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