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Ceratocentron fesselii

Discussion in 'Orchid Species' started by pcolman, Jan 3, 2018.

  1. pcolman

    pcolman Well-Known Member Supporting Member

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    Probably the most colorful angraecoid orchid, and also one of the smallest. It is very slow growing; about 1.5 leaves a year. Spikes take about 9 months to develop—they initiate in late winter/early spring and bloom around Christmastime. Flowers are close to 1/2".

    I wouldn't consider this a very difficult species, but the fact that it's so small and slow growing means that any major setback will probably be the end of that plant. I grew one of these for years in the past. It would put out about two dozen flowers at a time. One day I saw a yellow leaf on it and found basal rot. Dead a few days later.

    Medium light, drying out between waterings, intermediate temps.

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    DPfarr Well-Known Member

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    You consider this an Angraecoid?
     
  3. pcolman

    pcolman Well-Known Member Supporting Member

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    Well, I'm not a taxonomist. I've always seen it referred to as an Angraecoid, thought apparently some classify it in Aeridinae. No idea which is currently more accepted.
     
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    KellyW Orchid wonk Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Great blooming. I got nothing on mine this year.
     
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    Wow, very nice! I killed two of these, and I got to see the first bloom this year. It made only 2 flowers, but I hope that it will make more flowers like yours someday!
     
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    Great looking plant. Still waiting/hoping for mine to bloom.
     
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    Very nice growing and blooming! Will have to add this to the collection someday.
     
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    I have one...it vegetatively doesn't look too bad and growing on the cool side. Only one bloom however this year.
     
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    Good to know you can grow it cool.
     
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    I also have kept them at a cool end (min of 55F in the winter, 60-65F in the summer) in the last 2-3 years. So it can grow a bit cooler. But it seems to be slow, so I moved it to the warmer area a couple months ago. We'll see if it grows better.
     
  11. wpinnix

    wpinnix William Pinnix

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    Where did you all acquire this species? I've been looking for a few years, but haven't had any luck. I tried Andy's, but he says he can't keep them alive.
     
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    Bill, I believe Purificacion Orchids (of Phillipine), who comes to Redland and a couple other orchid fest, has it most of the time. I've got one from Ooi Leng Sun, too, but I lost it. I would go with Purificacion.
     
  13. pcolman

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    I've grown it warm and now intermediate. I'm pretty sure it only has one speed, and it's slooowww.

    I got my current plant from Andy's in late 2016. Pretty sure wherever I got my old plant from like 15 years ago is long out of business. Sorry I can't add to that.
     
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    KellyW Orchid wonk Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Bill, I got mine from Ooi Leng Sun at POE. It was small and dehydrated but lived and has bloomed.

    Marni may have some seedlings and/or flasks.
     
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    The plants from Purificacion are very nice (for imports) and also inexpensive. I think I paid $30 for 5 last summer.
     
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    I got mine from Ooi Leng Sun a few years back at the POE. It wasn't too bad and rooted rather quickly.