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Dendrophylax alcoa

Discussion in 'Orchid Species' started by MiKa, Mar 4, 2013.

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  1. MiKa

    MiKa Active Member Supporting Member

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    afarm9.staticflickr.com_8232_8526616389_8c8c52a6e5_b.jpg Very small and leafless Angrecoid from Hispaniola (Dominican republic) where it grows at around 1500 meters. Flowers are quite long lasting., around 2 weeks.
    The species name derives from a Canadian mining company (Alcoa Ltd) that prospected the area where this orchid was found. Nowadays the area is abandoned and treated as a national park.
     
  2. gg68

    gg68 Angraecoid addict

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    So cute!!
    Thank you for sharing!!;)
     
  3. Ricardo

    Ricardo Slave of demanding bird

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    :cool::cool: :cool:
     
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    Marni Well-Known Member Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Looks as if it should be fragrant. Is it?
     
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    MiKa Active Member Supporting Member

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    I can't say as I have almost lost mysense of smell. I will have to ask my doughter =)
     
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    Uluwehi angraecoids, dendrobiums and more Supporting Member

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    It's really marvellous!

    Interesting to learn the backstory to the name as well! To think I have been telling folks that it wasn't named after the mining company :oops: It's good to be corrected.

    Were they honoured with the name because the spared the site of the forest or because they financed the environmental impact studies' botanists who discovered the species (wild guesses on my part)?
     
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    Magnificent flowering, how do you grow it if I may ask?
     
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    I don't know why the name was choosed. I do know that the company helped scientists on some occasions by lending out four wheel driven jeeps.
     
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    I grow it on a Hygrolon liana and it gets watered 2-3 times/week in winter. 4-6 times/week in summer. Its grown on the cooler side of intermediate in "Phalaenopsis" light.
     
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    Thank you for growing tip.
     
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    Reyna Orchid Obsessed Supporting Member

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    That is a stunning photograph of a very unusual orchid! Well done you!
     
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    ZWUM Bulbophiliac Staff Member

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    Love it!