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Dichaea poicillantha

Discussion in 'Orchid Species' started by orchidkarma, Jun 9, 2011.

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  1. orchidkarma

    orchidkarma Member

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    A warm to cool growing epiphyte from Costa Rica where it grows at elevations from 200 meter all the way up to 2000 meters. This is a small division I got from a friend and it is only about 10 cm tall and the flower mearures about 1 cm wide. I love the intensely purple lip. I grow it pendant, mounted on EpiWeb in the cool vivarium, fairly moist and very bright.

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  2. ZWUM

    ZWUM Bulbophiliac Staff Member

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    That's awesome, I love the color contrast between the sepals and the lip.
     
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    JonP all that Supporting Member

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    Wow. That's really beautiful!
     
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    gnathaniel Lurker Supporting Member

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    Really cool, Karma! Lots of interesting shapes going on in that flower.
     
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    xmpraedicta Prairie angraecoid nut Supporting Member

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    Such a cool species!
     
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    Alexey Well-Known Member Supporting Member

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    Not sure regarding to this particular species, but just in case be prepared for surprise. Mature Dichaeas, which I have seen in situ in Ecuador, are pendent plats 3 and more feet long.
     
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    Thanks everyone! :) Yes, Alexey, I am aware that these can grow to become HUGE plants as Dichaea technically never stops growing.... but that is OK, I will just have to divide it and share some of it with friends when it becomes too large. ;)
     
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    Cool space alien!!
     
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    Ha ha... yes, it is a little ailen looking for sure... ;)