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Dichaea possibly histricina, 'in situ'

Discussion in 'Orchid Species' started by Ricardo, Jan 24, 2013.

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  1. Ricardo

    Ricardo Slave of demanding bird

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    This plant grows in the sierra palm forest. This forest is dominated by a type of palm, in the forest I took this photo there are an estimated three million palms. This orchid can be difficult to locate but generally is common where climatic conditions are favorable to its growth. Nobody knows how the flowers are pollinated as the normal pollinator of Dichaea are euglossine bees and they are absent from the Caribbean (although they have been found in amber). As you can see the plants produce significant capsule numbers. I have also included a photo of a relatively recent landslide, see Pleurothallis ruscifolia for more details on the forest.


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    Interdependence and newbud like this.
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    KellyW Orchid wonk Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Oh wow, that Dichaea is awesome. Does the Dichaea grow on the palms, hardwoods or both? How tall do the palms get? I need to visit PR.
     
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    Ricardo Slave of demanding bird

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    If the conditions are good for them they will grow on the palms, the hardwood and even in the inside of bamboo groves, a place where little else can grow or survive. The sierra palms are not too tall, the tallest ones probably reach close to 60 feet.
     
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    Marni Well-Known Member Staff Member Supporting Member

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    That's fantastic. How long (or wide) are the growths?
     
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    Ricardo Slave of demanding bird

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    The plant is small. I would guess the longest growths are ten to twelve inches long. The leafy stems are about half and inch wide, maybe a little less than that.
     
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    Wow. Is all I can say.
    You come up with some really good stuff Ricardo.
    Thanks
     
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