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Diplocaulobium aratriferum (probably)

Discussion in 'Orchid Species' started by Marni, May 28, 2012.

  1. Marni

    Marni Well-Known Member Staff Member Supporting Member

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    If this isn't Diplo. aratriferum, it is very closely related. The flower is about 3.5" tall and smells like watermelon rind. I can always tell when it is in bloom. The flowers take a couple of days to develop and then are gone in less than a day. But it blooms frequently and is a pleasure.

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  2. xmpraedicta

    xmpraedicta Prairie angraecoid nut Supporting Member

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    Love diplocaulobiums, and this is a very cute one and well grown too - they are so rarely offered for sale, probably because they are so ephemeral. Do these only bloom on new growths?
     
  3. Marni

    Marni Well-Known Member Staff Member Supporting Member

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    I don't really know. I went out and looked and there are plenty of new growths that didn't bloom. Those growths are fully open, but may still be growing as they aren't as big as the ones that have bloomed. I can't see that they rebloom on the same growth, but it is possible they do.
     
  4. Tom-DE

    Tom-DE Well-Known Member Supporting Member

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    Lovely species!!! I think it is Dip. aratriferum.

    I only have five or six species and I think most of them(if not all) do bloom on the new growths(or spike growth for some species) and previously bloomed growths as well.
     
  5. Alexey

    Alexey Well-Known Member Supporting Member

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    Looking at this very nice specimen, I want to try one of Diplocaulobium species!
     
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    katiedid New Member

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    What an inspiration!
     
  7. Reyna

    Reyna Orchid Obsessed Supporting Member

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    Oh that is stunning! So many growths and blooms. The flowers may not last long but they are beautiful while they last.