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Dichaea hystricina

Discussion in 'Orchid Species' started by piotrm, Oct 26, 2011.

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  1. piotrm

    piotrm Well-Known Member

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    tiny plant. All flowers buds decide to be in different stages of maturing...
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    TheBlazingAugust JUST . . ONE . . MORE!!!

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    CUTE!!!
     
  3. KellyW

    KellyW Orchid wonk Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Very nice, Piotr. I need to pay more attention to this genus. Do they have any cultural quirks?
     
  4. Zack

    Zack Will work for plants Supporting Member

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    This is an adorable little plant! I'll have to be sure to get one someday :)
     
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    Tom-DE Well-Known Member Supporting Member

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    Very nice!
     
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    They dont stay tiny for long but they are amazing.
     
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    piotrm Well-Known Member

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    well this one sp is still pretty small, bright position and not regular watering and my plant looks rather happy, beside flowering is creating new growth ;-) I saw some different sp bigger and similar size in Costa Rica, where grow on big mossy trees as well on tiny ones or field fences...
     
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    Alexey Well-Known Member Supporting Member

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    Well done!
     
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    Very nice!
     
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    Piotr (or other people who has grown this species), what kind of temperature range do you think is best for this species? It seems to have a wide distribution, and it's difficult to guess the appropriate temperature. I just received it from Ecuagenera, but the condition of the plant is not great, and I'll probably lose it. I'm trying to give the optimum condition for a small chance of recovery.
     
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    I have one from Ecuagenera that I grow mounted with not much moss with a 56F minimum night. I is doing OK and I've had it for 2 years or so.
     
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    Thanks Marni. Ecuagenera price list put intermediate to warm, and IOSPE put cool to warm. From Ricardo's habitat photo didn't look too high elevation, I looked up the climate info of Puerto Rico Sierra Palm forest. But it wasn't so helpful because it shows relatively wide range (daily average of 65-80F depending on the elevation). So thank you for the info, I'll try to keep it at a cooler end (65F day, 60F night).
     
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    Oh ! How nice ! I love it ! Wish list added :)
     
  14. Ricardo

    Ricardo Slave of demanding bird

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    I found this plant growing at about 3500 feet of altitude in a very wet lower montane forest. In the spot where they are most abundant it rains almost daily. The mornings are bright and dry but by midday its cloudy and about 1 it starts raining. Often rains stops around four or five and the afternoon is relatively clear.
     
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    Thank you, Ricardo (I did look at your blog about this species). So it is really high elevation. Well, I was wrong about judging the elevation from the photos. 3500ft is almost close to the highest points of Puerto Rico. I looked up a paper talking about the climate of Puerto Rico, and it looks like that the daily temp max/min is 23/16C (73/60F) in summer and 20/13C (68/55F) in winter at that elevation.
     
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    without picture we cant say what condition is your plant, old plants I saw in situ, had some old steams with dried leaves but still were completely healthy! I think it actually should be reasonable easy plant if humidity is high it will endure wide range of temperatures - this factor is much less important for this sp!
     
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    Piotr, thanks for the info. Well, the initial condition wasn't the best (a bit dried on arrival), but it didn't look too bad (see the attached photo). However, the condition deteriorated quickly. Within a couple days, it became mostly brown, and I think I lost it. RH was kept around 80% with fairly dim light, but maybe my RH wasn't high enough. I'll give another try. P5190139.jpg
     
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    Beautiful! Thanks for sharing this with us!!