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Eltroplectris calcarata

Discussion in 'Orchid Culture' started by xmpraedicta, Jan 9, 2019.

  1. xmpraedicta

    xmpraedicta Prairie angraecoid nut Supporting Member

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    Does anyone have experience growing this species? I got one from J&L, and the only cultivated plant I've seen is Ed Merkle's on this forum from back in 2011. The one I got grew a new growth which consists of a single leaf, after the old growth died back. I have it low light intermediate-warm conditions and moist.

    I have no idea what the growth habit is like, and the distribution range seems wide. Any guidance would be helpful!
     
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    naoki Well-Known Member

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    This is a cool looking species. I recently got a flask from Troy Meyers (last April). I deflasked it to a strawberry container with peat:small perlite=1:1. The leaves died back soon after the deflask, but they started to make new leaves around June. They seemed to have grown quite a bit (5-10cm leaf length) compared with the size of the original leaves in the flask. Around Dec, they started to die back again. I keep it in the similar condition as you; relatively low light (Phalaenopsis level light), 85/65F year around, and the media isn't soggy but they are moist (doesn't dry out completely). I think I watered slightly less frequent when they didn't have leaves, but I think they were somewhat moist, and that's what I'm planning to do over this winter. I'm also interested in hearing how others grow this species.
     
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    xmpraedicta Prairie angraecoid nut Supporting Member

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    Thanks Naoki - I snooped on Troy's website and noticed that he's created several rounds of seed from plants he's grown since 2010. I've e-mailed him to see what his conditions are. Mine is in sphagnum which I'm not sure is optimum if this is a terrestrial, but I'm too scared to repot it. I just looked and there's a little something growing between the single leaf. Maybe another leaf, maybe something more exciting.
     
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    Ray Orchid Iconoclast Supporting Member

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    From Troy's description:

    ORIGIN/HABITAT: This often-named terrestrial orchid is found from southern Florida through the Caribbean to South America in Brazil and Colombia. Plants in Florida were found in Dade County in a dense hammock in 1905 and Highlands County in 1936 where they were growing in a low, moist hammock. These swampy forests have given way to progress, and it is not known whether or not plants still survive in out-of-the-way locations in Florida. Plants are said to be common in the Bahama Islands where they grow in rather dense coppices, reportedly blooming January to March. In Puerto Rico this orchid is uncommon but is known from the western part of the island where it grows in thick humus in the shade of moist to wet montane forests at 1000-2950 ft. (300-900 m).