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Discussion in 'Orchid Species' started by Marni, Sep 23, 2012.
I think this has the best foliage of the whole genus.
One of the great things about this forum is I'm always seeing species that I had never even heard of. This is one of those. What a great species and amazing photos. Looks like a hairy Restrepia. Thanks for posting it.
I read somewhere years ago this species might need very high constant humidity to prevent the flowers from aborting. I am not sure how high of rh they were talking about but certainly that info made me decide not to have it in my collection. Now, looking at your plant, I want it!!!!!! Who cares about the flowers if the leaves look like that!
great hairy thing ;-)
I don't have particularly high humidity compared to what quite a few people here have. I do know that if the moss gets out of control it goes downhill. I think most dresslerellas do better for me when the air flow is good and therefore they dry out quicker.
Also, when I was given this plant I was told it was the "true" hirsutissima which I took to mean that most of what was out there under this name was not.
Looking at the photos of an old article, I have no doubt yours is D. hirsutissima. There might still be some D. lasiocampa out there, which it had for a long time been confused with D. hirsutissma.
BTW, the silvery bands on the leaves are the trademark for D. hirsutissima according to the article.
Has your plant separated by itself? The bottom section looks like it could have someone else name on it if so.
I have made the same observations. They dislike being wet longer than a couple of hours and like to grow without to much moss and other water holding material around their roots.
Your plant is very nice Marni