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Angraecum sesquipedale -- my favorite one

Discussion in 'Orchid Species' started by Reyna, Mar 26, 2012.

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  1. Reyna

    Reyna Orchid Obsessed Supporting Member

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    So, I will confess to being a bit of a collector (read hoarder) of sesquipedales. I just love them. This plant, however, has become my favorite. It is still quite young, relatively speaking, but it produces absolutely fantastic flowers. Each one has a natural spread of over 7 inches. This is not a mericlone -- and I hope one day I can get it awarded. It was pulled for AOS judging, and the flower size is easily comparable or better than previous awards, but the flower count is low. One day . . .

    angcm sesquipedale Orion5 March 2012 sm.jpg
    angcm sesquipedale Orion5 March 2012 sm.jpg
     
  2. mrbreeze

    mrbreeze Anglican Supporting Member

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    Wow! Hard to beat something like that. Nicely done.
     
  3. JonP

    JonP all that Supporting Member

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    Holy Toledo! That's gorgeous! Great job!!
     
  4. T. migratoris

    T. migratoris Active Member

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    Very nice display. Bravo!
     
  5. Enrique

    Enrique Big E

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    Very nice, Reyna! They are beautiful!
     
  6. Reyna

    Reyna Orchid Obsessed Supporting Member

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    Thanks guys! I love this one. :)
     
  7. theLab

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    Brilliant Reyna - especially as it is about a clone which doesn´t bend the sepals backwards so much. Instinctively I am grasping after toothpicks :) … but no need as this species was propagated to millions the last years over. Ntl I recommend take pollinia of that plant, especially because it´s a nice clone, leave them on the toothpicks´ tips and freeze them wrapped in a paper as they will keep well in the freezer for years. I would recommend doing that on every orchid which is a nice clone or is especially a rare plant one owns as a single plant only. In the worst case the plant dies off and you all are aware how often and soon that can happen but even in that brutal case you have the genetic fingerprint of the plant conserved.
    I note it in my laboratory, many pods and seeds we receive (about a third) are the product of a self-x, so the chance of the viability is already reduced, mustn’t be but is often to meet. There’s no use to care for a seedbank if one doesn´t sow out oneself or knows a lab she/he trusts in. But a pollenbank can be kept by everyone and should be kept.
    I am really addicted can´t watch orchids without feeling the imagination popping up pollinating them. It´s really weird, my look at an orchid is always to its anther-cap first. This really sounds pathological, I know …
     
  8. xmpraedicta

    xmpraedicta Prairie angraecoid nut Supporting Member

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    Stunning clone, Reyna! If I had the space I would hoard too, because the shape is so variable with some of these guys!
     
  9. gg68

    gg68 Angraecoid addict

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    A realy great shape Sarah, nice one!!
     
  10. Uluwehi

    Uluwehi angraecoids, dendrobiums and more Supporting Member

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    Gorgeous! Such a beautiful constellation of blossoms and the plant looks beautiful and healthy.

    Excellent advice; I feel the same way. I also store pollen for the same reasons.