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Comparettia (Scelochilus) heterophyllus

Discussion in 'Orchid Species' started by Marni, May 27, 2014.

  1. Marni

    Marni Well-Known Member Staff Member Supporting Member

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    And Ecuadorian species with pendant growth and a free flowering habit. I've grown a few of this species for many years and have had this particular one since 1998. Only recently have I really come to appreciate the genus and have been actively acquiring more when possible.

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  2. KellyW

    KellyW Orchid wonk Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Marni, I couldn't find much about this species. Is it uncommon in cultivation? Do you grow it like a Comparettia (no moss, bright)?
     
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    Tom-DE Well-Known Member Supporting Member

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    A yellow one, Nice!

    so now they put all Scelochilus into Comparettia? I think I will need more time to adjust that move though, but again, like you said before, taxonomy is like a moving target.
     
  4. Marni

    Marni Well-Known Member Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Kelly, I grow this shadier than comparettias. While checking the name last night I noticed that it comes from higher elevations than I thought and will try moving it to a bit cooler location. I'm not happy about the way I've been growing it. It blooms well and frequently but the plant could look a lot better. It isn't well known and I've seen very few in collections. It was moved to Comparettia when the changes were made in 2008. It is very similar in many respects.
     
  5. Marni

    Marni Well-Known Member Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Tom, this one isn't so hard for me to accept as many of the other changes (some of which make me choke) but I am slow to adapt. As they say, "They are synonyms."
     
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    very unusual and interesting - congratulation!