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Ceratochilus biglandulosus

Discussion in 'Orchid Species' started by pcolman, May 31, 2018.

  1. pcolman

    pcolman Well-Known Member Supporting Member

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    This one seems more common than it used to be in cultivation, with pretty good reason. Really huge flower relative to plant size, up to 1½". The flowers last about a month. It's been flowering successively, but sadly by the time the new flower opens, the old one fades about a day later, so I haven't had a chance to take a photo with two flowers at once. This is the 4th flower of the season, and there's one more on the way.

    Bright light, intermediate temps, relatively moist, though drying out a bit between waterings.

    Ceratochilus biglandulosus.jpg Ceratochilus biglandulosus (side).jpg Ceratochilus biglandulosus closeup.jpg
     
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  2. pcolman

    pcolman Well-Known Member Supporting Member

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    This plant has been nearly continuously in bloom since early last spring. Flowers last longer now that the weather is cooler, at least a month and a half, and there's now a good overlap with the next flower, so it often has two flowers at once. It also sprouted a basal keiki.

    I had to edit out a few "red streaks" out of the flowers. I always seem to have a good population of red predatory mites, don't know which species. They're much fast moving than the spider mites they feed upon (among other things), so in a focus stack like these they show up as red swirling lines.

    Ceratochilus biglandulosus_01.08.19.jpg Ceratochilus biglandulosus flowers_01_01.08.19.jpg Ceratochilus biglandulosus flowers_02_01.08.19.jpg
     
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  3. xmpraedicta

    xmpraedicta Prairie angraecoid nut Supporting Member

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    That is outstanding, both the photos and the two flowers. I need to get one of these again.
     
  4. Mikhail kujawa

    Mikhail kujawa Well-Known Member

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    Very nice! My kind of mini. Thank you for sharing.