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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 Well-Known 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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  3. DanielHerrera

    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 Well-Known 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.
     
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  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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    I'd like to join this thread:)
    Well, I can't say I'm a professional orchid grower as I only have a newly bought Brassavola nodosa. Planning on getting B. Cucculata, some paphiopedilums, stanhopeas and a few others soon. But, I really like dendrophylax. And since I don't have a heated terrarium and would only buy a regular one with a fogger and maybe artificial light, I wondered which Dendrophylax species would work for me. What do you think? I really like D. Fawcettii but don't seem to be able to find them for sale anywhere. Any suggestions for other species and where to buy fawcettii would be appreciated. Thanks.
     
  9. J E

    J E Jaime Escobedo

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    To my knowledge all Dendrophylax species grow in warm-hot humid subtropical wetlands. The Caribbean species would be less cold tolerant than Florida but they still prefer warmth.
     
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    I'm from Israel, which means mediterranean climate. I know that no one of the Dendrophylax species could stand the lowest temps of the winter, which can get to 10 degrees and 5 degrees in extreme cases. And also, humidity isn't 90+, at least not all the time for sure. So I know a terrarium would be needed. But which species would be the easiest and fastest to grow? more info: The hottest days can get to 40+ with a low humidity percentage, my balcony has half shade and shade.
     
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    These are the species I like:
    Dendrophylax fawcettii
    Dendrophylax funalis
    Dendrophylax gracilis
    Dendrophylax lindenii
    Dendrophylax sallei
    Dendrophylax varius
     
  12. J E

    J E Jaime Escobedo

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    I'm saying i don't think any would be suitable, they all have pretty much the same requirements and none are very forgiving.
     
  13. Arne

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    How is your Brassavola doing first of all? You can have several other orchids where you live, especially if you can make sure to protect them from low night temperatures during winter. Once you have some orchids which are doing well and some others which are not doing so well, then you have an idea what you can grow. I have been growing orchids both in Europe and the US for about 40 years and I never acquired any Dendrophylax, simply because I didn't think I had the conditions to grow them.
     
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    Brassavola is pretty new but I see there's a bud coming out. And the roots are looking nice and healthy. We have some orchid nurseries here, they have a lot but some of the species can't grow here outside. If I got a dendrophylax I would probably buy a terrarium for it, and I wonder if Dendrophylax funalis could grow in a terrarium with a fogger and RO system.