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Dendrophylax gracilis info

Discussion in 'Everything Else Orchid' started by DanielHerrera, Apr 20, 2020.

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  1. DanielHerrera

    DanielHerrera New Member

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    Hello all,

    I have been investigating the genus Dendrophylax since I was given a couple seedlings. I recently read about Cuba having Dendrophylax lindenii, D. gracilis and D. varius (among others). I have been looking for information on D. gracilis and came across a couple images that resemble D. lindenii:

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    Yet, when looked at the herbarium holotype, it seems to have been moved/identified to D. varius, except that "it has a shorter flowering stems and the flower being twice as big". Here is a link to the holotype image:

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    Has anyone seen this species or have any information on it?
     
  2. Raven

    Raven Active Member

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    No,
    But if you find a source of either gracilis or varius, let us know :D
    I have four other Dendrophylax species in my warm Orchidarium but would like to collect them all eventually.
     
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    DanielHerrera New Member

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    I want to grow them all as well, but I need to keep my trial plants alive first.

    What species do you have and how do you grow them?
     
  4. Raven

    Raven Active Member

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    I grow D. lindenii, D. sallei, D. fawcettii, and D. funalis. I've only grown lindenii for more than a year, the rest were acquired relatively recently. They are all in a warm-intermediate orchidarium in my basement with 60F low nights and 75F days in winter and 65-70 low nights and 80-85F days in summer. Humidity is controlled by a fogger and is always between 80% and 90%. I keep them relatively bright, but since I have a lot of seedlings of sallei and lindenii, some of them are shadier than others. I grow them mounted with just a bit of Spanish moss under them. They grow well so far!
     
  5. RustyExotics

    RustyExotics Nicholas - It's a terrestrial thing

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    Put me on the list if you ever find Dlax. gracilis or especially Dlax. varius, too. I unfortunately can't say I'm too familiar with Dlax. gracilis, though.
     
  6. DanielHerrera

    DanielHerrera New Member

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    I have all of these species in my want list as well, so we'll see if I am even able to find them myself.

    @Raven Please let me know where did you get your plants, I would love to try those as well.

    While we are discussing these species, it would be nice if you guys share growing tips, where you grow them (greenhouse, terrarium, etc.) and images for all to enjoy and learn from.

    Here is my plant with new root growth:
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    Here is how I grow it:
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    Its a large rubbermain container with egg crate on the side to hang plants. There is a misting system that waters the plants a couple times a day. There is also a small fan for air circulation. Winter temperatures 65 min, 75 max. Expected summer temp (have not grown this plant for more than a couple months) 75 min, 85 max. Humidity at 70% minimum. As of now, I have it under intermideate light (LED from Walmart). Since I have not grown this plant for a long time, I cannot say my growing conditions will work.

    Let me know how you guys grow yours!
     
  7. RustyExotics

    RustyExotics Nicholas - It's a terrestrial thing

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    I currently have Dlax. lindenii, fawcetii, porrectus, and a hybrid (sallei x lindenii). I got them all from flasks about a year ago. I grow them all in trays with coconut husk in the bottom that is usually submerged in water. On top of that is egg crate and then a screen sheet. The coconut husk provides humidity while the screen prevents any smaller plants from falling into the water. All the Dlax. porrectus are mounted on twigs but grown in the same setup. I grow them all under warm and cool T10 (I think?) LED bulbs as well as two random full-spectrum LED lights that I just had lying around...They've all done fairly well for me thus far but don't seem to like when it gets cooler in the winter, to no surprise. The hybrid is supposedly a "easier to grow Dlax. lindenii," but I've found no difference in how they behave at all.
     
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