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Diplocaulobium kirchianum

Discussion in 'Orchid Species' started by KellyW, Jan 4, 2014.

  1. KellyW

    KellyW Orchid wonk Staff Member Supporting Member

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    I received this beautiful 10-bulb division in a recent trade with timber (Aaron). It immediately spiked and bloomed. Thanks, Aaron. I have been growing it shady with some Pleuros because it wasn't fully established. It is supposed to be grown brighter but now that it has bloomed for me I'm wondering how bright to grow it :confused:.

    From New Guinea. The blooms look a lot like some of the Australian Dendrobiums. The flowers are almost 1 inch across.
    Diplocaulobium kirchianum close2-1000.jpg Diplocaulobium kirchianum plant2-1000.jpg
     
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    piotrm Well-Known Member

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    lovely only shame such a short lasting
     
  3. KellyW

    KellyW Orchid wonk Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Agreed. Although, I understand that it blooms frequently.
     
  4. Rita-mo

    Rita-mo Just One More Please

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    I love the flowers on this one, and it does look like some of the Australian dendrobiums.
     
  5. Marni

    Marni Well-Known Member Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Nice one! I don't grow this species but the others I grow aren't in particularly bright light.
     
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    Kelly, I've had this for over 6 months and to my knowledge, it hasnt bloomed for me. I like to believe it has and I just missed it, but pretty sure that is wishful thinking on my part. :(

    I grow my Diplocaulobiums in shady conditions, just because thats just the nature of my growing area and probably the reason why I dont see any flowers. They seem to be growing well though. The person I got the kirchianum from said her plants got full sun in the afternoon. I've also seen D. chrysotropis and D. tipuliferum growing beautifully in very bright conditions here in Honolulu.
     
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    Marni Well-Known Member Staff Member Supporting Member

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    It is my understanding that the diplocaulobiums bloom in response to weather events. Possibly changes in barometric pressure or temperature drop.
     
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    gg68 Angraecoid addict

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    What a lovely orchid!!!
     
  9. ZWUM

    ZWUM Bulbophiliac Staff Member

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    That is an awesome sp! I agree with Marni about the blooming events being a response to weather related occurrences. Often I can trigger blooming my diplos by letting them dry for a little while, maybe a week, then water heavily and buds appear within days.
     
  10. KellyW

    KellyW Orchid wonk Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Good to know. Thanks.
     
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    xmpraedicta Prairie angraecoid nut Supporting Member

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    Beautiful - love diplocaulobiums
     
  12. KellyW

    KellyW Orchid wonk Staff Member Supporting Member

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    These blooms lasted about 5 days.
     
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    piotrm Well-Known Member

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    this sounds like very long for this genus ;-)
     
  14. Marni

    Marni Well-Known Member Staff Member Supporting Member

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    There are others that last that long too. I've counted the days.
     
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    Pixietoe Active Member

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    I love it! Are the flowers scented? If they do I will definitely want one!
     
  16. KellyW

    KellyW Orchid wonk Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Heike, to me they had a mild pleasant fragrance but I had to get my nose right into the flower to smell it.
    Sorry I was slow to respond. I've been out of town.
     
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    Pixietoe Active Member

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    No worries, thanks for the info! I made a mental note not to forget this name.