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Cleisocentron merrillianum

Discussion in 'Orchid Species' started by Chuck-NH, Aug 1, 2020.

  1. Chuck-NH

    Chuck-NH Well-Known Member

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    I know there has been quite a bit of debate over this species versus C. gokusingii going back a decade at least. I have about 6 plants (imports a decade ago) which were labeled C. merrillianum and all would appear to be C. gokusingii. They all have the typical short, flat-topped, succulent leaves with a strong upright habit.

    However, I do have one clone from Andy which at least superficially seems to fit J.J. Woods description and comments regarding C. merrillianum: Long, narrow, terete leaves with the plant having a lax habit seems to be an important discriminator.

    in any case, here are a couple photos of what I think is merrillianum followed by 3 which I’m pretty sure are gokusingii.

    C. merrillianum
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    C. gokusingii
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    Marni Well-Known Member Staff Member Supporting Member

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    I agree with your identifications.
     
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    I love the true blues! Are these ever crossed outside of the genus?
     
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    Chuck-NH Well-Known Member

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    Interesting thought, I wonder if there are any other genera that would be compatible?
     
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    Just looked it up, there is a registered cross, Clctn. gokusingii x V. falcata = Cleisovanda Purple Ice. No photo in Orchidwiz, but must have been at least somewhat worthwhile... registered in 2018, Originator and Registrant are two people who work at, and rent growing space from, Sunset Valley Orchids.
     
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    Chuck-NH Well-Known Member

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    Would be interesting to see!
     
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    Actually, found a link to photos. The blue color didn't come through at all, alas.
    Cleisovanda Purple Ice
     
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    Chuck-NH Well-Known Member

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    It isn’t bad though!
     
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    I imagine that it has terrific cold-tolerance, since both parents have that characteristic. Along with being a cute mini.
     
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    Thanks, Roberta!