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Dendrophylax (Polyradicion) lindenii

Discussion in 'Orchid Species' started by Lika[Sweden], Mar 10, 2012.

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  1. Lika[Sweden]

    Lika[Sweden] Svenska

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    Mikael has finaly done it! And we got to see this myth surrounded orchid in person. It measures 14 cm from top to bottom!
    It sure is something unique and to see it live in-situ must be something very special.

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    Angraecoid get together - Angraecum conchoglossum / Dendrophylax lindenii
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    Lika
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    This_guy_Bri weirdo

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    cool!
     
  3. Alexis

    Alexis New Member

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    Congratulations to Mikael, that is a great accomplishment! I live within miles of this one's natural habitat, and I've killed every one I've ever purchased.
     
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    Reyna Orchid Obsessed Supporting Member

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    Gorgeous! Love the ghost orchids. Well done!
     
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    Chris New Member

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    Excellent!!!!
     
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    goods Well-Known Member Supporting Member

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    Congratulations to you and Mikael. Blooming this species is truly something special. I've seen it only once in person, and it was an awesome sight. Do you have any special tricks to grow this, or is it treated like the other plants in your collection?
     
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    Thanks all. Our 5 year old even brought it with her to kindergarden to show her friends there, they did not understand it... :))
     
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    well done!
     
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    xmpraedicta Prairie angraecoid nut Supporting Member

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    Excellent job - maybe you should cross those two and see what happens lol (blasphemy)
     
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    how do you grow?
     
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    would interest me either. We sometimes grow them inflasked but when giving them away people often report the plants have died off soon after deflasking them. I think a high humidity seems important as warmth, too, but no idea concerning the facts light & watering.
     
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    Couldn't be grown on a stick in one of those glass jars with a glass lid and O-Ring? I grow some small pieces that need ICU and works for a Tolumnia that was drying and dying and now has totally bounced back and a Bulbophyllum, a Vanilla seedling. Maybe in such a terrarium some live Sphagnum would keep mold at bay ( I use H2O2 once in awhile and have no mold/ fungus)
     
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    what´s ICU, Stefpix?
     
  14. stefpix

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    intensive care, in this case a glass enclosure like a terrarium to keep humidity high. Sometimes it works!
     
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    theLab Member Supporting Member

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    thanks
     
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    Uluwehi angraecoids, dendrobiums and more Supporting Member

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    Super fantastic!! :clap: :clap:
     
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    Thank you all and thank you Jacob for finding this thread. I can now answer how I grow this and what observations I have made about it.

    I grow it intermediate(on the cooler side) in the greenhouse. It gets medium light. I water with rain or osmosis water each second or third day. The plant hanfgs at a place in the greenhouse where the air movement is not direct on it. Average humidity is 80%.

    The plant grows in one period of the year for me. Beginning in March when light returns here and continues over the summer to September. I think one key factor is to have just a little air movement to avoid to dehydrate the plant since its only storage for water is the roots.
    But in the same time you have to look out for water staying to long around it. Where I have seen this plants in situ (Hispaniola)they grow in semi shade on twigs, lianas and thin branches. They seem to rescent to get attached on to any substrate and grows best when roots are exposed in free air (only one or two roots secure the plant).
    I dont think a warm growing situation is needed since I have grown this plant intermediate for 5 or 6 years now.

    I hope this can help a little.

    / Mikael
     
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    Uluwehi angraecoids, dendrobiums and more Supporting Member

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    Mikael, may I inquire as to minimum night temperature your greenhouse experiences in winter and summer?

    How wonderful that you saw these in Hispaniola! According to the Kew Monocot Checklist's records, Dendropnhylax lindenii is only found in Florida, Bahamas and in Cuba while its close relative and look-alike relative D. sallei is endemic to Hispaniola. I suspect you saw sallei there and not lindenii?
     
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    wow!
     
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    Jacob - The temps in the greenhouse is

    Summer day - 22-27°C, night 14-18°C
    Winter day - 18-22°C, night 12-14°C