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Old 06-02-2011, 07:00 PM
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17 spikes, the longest is about 5" but still elongating as buds develop. At times it has a slight odor like cucumber. This is fast becoming a favorite genus of mine, does anyone have divisions of other species (incl. related genera) to sell or trade?

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Old 06-02-2011, 09:25 PM
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That is a cool plant, I don't think I've seen one before.
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Old 06-02-2011, 10:13 PM
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That's pretty wicked. Love how they fan out in that picture. How old is that little (sic) guy? I've gotta check this one out. Thanks for sharing
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Thanks, Joann and zxyqu! Not really sure how old this one is, I got it in spring of 2009 and it's increased in size by maybe 25% since then. If I had to guess based on the growth rates I've seen, I'd say it's probably 5-8 years past being a single-growth plant.

This is really a vigorous and easy plant in my conditions (intermediate temps, medium light, 3-5 waterings/week year-round). I just got a division of Ocps. bicornis, it'll be interesting to see how it grows compared to gladiatus.

You all should check out Ron's article on the Ornithocephalinae, it gives a nice overview of this fascinating group: A Whole Sub-Tribe of Exquisite Miniatures - Orchid Board

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Old 06-03-2011, 01:10 AM
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I love these little ones. Yours is very beautiful. I have a few different ones and wouldn't mind getting more. Thanks for the reference to Ron's article. It's hard to find info on these.
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Thanks for the reference to Ron's articel, Nat.

Did you acquire your plant from a commercial source or from an individual? If commercial, will you please provide a name?
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So wonderful. Really like that!
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Thanks for the comments, ezil and Rosie!

Stitz, I got this from Dowery Orchids but Dwayne seems to have ceased operations as an orchid dealer. Andy's and some of the South American nurseries carry Ornithocephalus species, though. I ordered one through Gary Meyer's Colombian Orchid Imports business this spring.

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Great growing and great photography, Nat.
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Thanks Ron!

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