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Diaphananthe pellucida

Discussion in 'Orchid Species' started by Chris.c147, Apr 9, 2017.

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  1. Chris.c147

    Chris.c147 Well-Known Member

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    This warm growing, rather large growing species from Sierra Leone, Ghana, Guinea, Ivory Coast, Liberia, Nigeria, Togo, Gulf of Guinea, Cameroons, Gabon, Congo, Zaire, Central African Republic and Uganda is, in my opinion, majestic. IOSPE lists this plant as fall/winter blooming, but mine is blooming now in Spring. The flower spikes are quite odd; When forming and elongating, there are no flowers or buds. The buds form along bracts in the spike about two months later. Definitely one of my favorite plants.

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  2. Kipper

    Kipper CoffeeCoffeeCoffee... Supporting Member

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    Excellent Chris, how large are the flowers?
     
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    gg68 Angraecoid addict

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    Beautiful. :clap:
     
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    AnonYMouse aka Ree, the not-so-stealthy lurker

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    Interesting.

    Can you post a shot of the whole plant? With size reference?
     
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    The flowers are about the size of a dime, so they're fairly small. This is the plants first time blooming so they may get bigger with age. IOSPE also states that the flowers are highly fragrant, but I did not even think to check.
     
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    Yes, I can take a photo of the plant tonight. I'd say the leaves are about a foot long.
     
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    I like it, are the flowers all white or are the petals sort of off whitish?
     
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    leo African orchids only :-)

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    Excellent, congratulations for the first flowers!
     
  9. Fumiaki Takahashi

    Fumiaki Takahashi miniature orchidaholic

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    Exelent!!!!!
     
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    The blooms are almost transparent. They have the see through look to them, hence the name pellucid.
     
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    Lovely.
     
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    Here are some additional pictures that I took tonight. I'm hoping to self it on a couple of blooms. I also observed quite a lovely fragrance.

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    Nice foliage on it!
     
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    How shiny the new foliage is, nice
     
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    AnonYMouse aka Ree, the not-so-stealthy lurker

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    It is very pretty. And a nice fragrance, too?

    Unfortunate for me, it is too big!
     
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    Chris.c147 Well-Known Member

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    Not to mention, it's not the easiest to find available.
     
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    leo African orchids only :-)

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    I am currently breeding seven seed pods on mine. Selfing usually works well, so far I simply never succeeded in handing the pods over to someone who is able to sow them out in time... This year, it is going to happen, I'm confident!
     
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    In your experience, how long do the pods usually take to mature? I just pollinated some flowers last night. They aren't the easiest flowers to pollinate.
     
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    leo African orchids only :-)

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    Can't tell... I pollinated mine around Christmas and they're not ready yet. Looks like they can take one more month. Didn't think they were difficult to pollinate. At least I always got some nice pods.
     
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    Thanks, I appreciate the response. Good to know they will probably take 5 or so months to mature. I'm hoping that at least one or two of them take.