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Roberta 07-23-2021 06:52 PM

More "While I was away"
 
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Cattleya leopoldii (tigrina), labeled "coerulea" which it certainly isn't. Instead, a very interesting peloric (lip pattern in petals)
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Laelia purpurata 'Tipo' AM/AOS x self. Genetics in action... the awarded plant had light pink petals and a dark lip. When selfed, quite a few plants of the cross turned out to be albas like this one.
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Myrmecophila tibicinis - used to be Schomburgkia. These have hollow pseudobulbs that in nature are home to ants - hence the name.
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Lc. Interceps coerulea (Cattleya intermedia coerulea x Laelia anceps var. veitchiana)
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Some Sobralias (just a sampling) - on the left, Sob. sanderae, on the right Sob. yauaperyensis x xanthaoleuca, a combination of a pink/lavender (yauaperyensis) and butter-yellow (xantholeuca). The pot produces both the expected light pink/white flowers, and also yellow ones - for sure, more than one plant in there.
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Gomesa croesus
https://photos.google.com/share/AF1Q...9aN2FYS2tKRWFR

Dichaea glauca. This is the only Dichaea that has thrived for me over a period of years. The growths bloom for several years and then die back. Now I'm getting some nice new growths, a second life. The little white flowers are quite fragrant.
https://photos.google.com/share/AF1Q...9aN2FYS2tKRWFR

First Neofinetia falcata of the season, 'Beni-suzume', a nice pink. Too often, this is another genus that tends to bloom in my absence, this time running a little late so I have escaped that fate.

https://photos.google.com/share/AF1Q...9aN2FYS2tKRWFR

Ada (Brassia) glumacea. The flowers aren't particularly showy, but they are super-fragrant, smelling to me like very ripe fruit. I tend to smell it before I see it.
https://photos.google.com/share/AF1Q...9aN2FYS2tKRWFR

Aerides rosea, a relatively cool-growing Vandaceous orchid from China. First time blooming for me.
https://photos.google.com/share/AF1Q...9aN2FYS2tKRWFR
https://photos.google.com/share/AF1Q...9aN2FYS2tKRWFR

Promenaea xanthina
http://orchidcentral.org/Images/Zygo...20xanthina.jpg

Whew... these are the highlights... there are more but I think that this is enough for now. So much action!

Diane56Victor 07-23-2021 09:20 PM

Stunning blooms.

My interest was drawn to your Aerides rosea. Gorgeous blooms, hopefully with the perfume mentioned in most descriptions of Aerides.

I have an Aerides leeana that has grown from a tiny seedling despite my environment not always having the humidity it is said to need and my attempts to try and make it so.

I have been encouraged by this small plant to expand my Aerides collection a little, so I have bought Aerides houlletiana and Aerides oderata and expect delivery next week, these were the only Aerides I could find.

How big do they need to be before they flower? My leeana has quadrupled in size but its still very small but with robust roots.
I've read they can flower when quite small, but I have doubts about my mine being able to bloom this coming Spring.

Is your plant mounted? I have mine in a pot with bark as I thought that might help with the humidity my environment lacked.

Roberta 07-23-2021 09:30 PM

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Originally Posted by Diane56Victor (Post 963390)
Stunning blooms.

My interest was drawn to your Aerides rosea. Gorgeous blooms, hopefully with the perfume mentioned in most descriptions of Aerides.

I have an Aerides leeana that has grown from a tiny seedling despite my environment not always having the humidity it is said to need and my attempts to try and make it so.

I have been encouraged by this small plant to expand my Aerides collection a little, so I have bought Aerides houlletiana and Aerides oderata and expect delivery next week, these were the only Aerides I could find.

How big do they need to be before they flower? My leeana has quadrupled in size but its still very small but with robust roots.
I've read they can flower when quite small, but I have doubts about my mine being able to bloom this coming Spring.

Is your plant mounted? I have mine in a pot with bark as I thought that might help with the humidity my environment lacked.

Thanks! Aerides rosea has a faint "floral" scent... nothing special. The plant of this particular species is rather large for the genus - about 8 inches (20 cm) with hard, strap-shaped leaves that are about 1.5 inches/4 cm wide. I grow it pretty bright, in a plastic basket with fairly large bark, so it dries fast. It gets whatever humidity Mother Nature provides (typical mid-day RH is 40-50% most of the time, but may get down to single digits, nights are higher of course ). So that doesn't seem to particularly be an issue for this species. Other members of the genus will have different needs, depending on the elevation and environment where they originate.

Diane56Victor 07-23-2021 11:17 PM

Thanks.
If these new Aerides do as well as my first my little collection of them might expand again.

Roberta 07-23-2021 11:24 PM

For what it's worth, I got my plant from Hengduan Mountains Biotechnology in Chendu, Sichuan, China. They ship to the US about twice a year. I wonder if they ship to Australia. (I suspect that they do) Certainly worth inquiring. They do have some very interesting things. Website is 'way out of date, but an email will put you on the mailing list.

DirtyCoconuts 07-24-2021 01:53 AM

Hot stuff!! Thank you for Capturing and sharing

Roberta 07-24-2021 10:50 AM

You're very welcome!

Diane56Victor 07-24-2021 07:59 PM

Thank you the information about the Hengduan Mountsins website, I'll take a look.

neophyte 07-24-2021 09:42 PM

Those are some really amazing blooms; congrats!! :D

Roberta 07-24-2021 10:29 PM

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Originally Posted by neophyte (Post 963445)
Those are some really amazing blooms; congrats!! :D

Thanks! Normally, when I am home, I will find a few new blooms each day... but after being gone for 10 days, it was a deluge!


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