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Laelia anceps

Discussion in 'Orchid Species' started by EdM, Nov 30, 2010.

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  1. EdM

    EdM Member in Good Standing

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    This one has bloomed for three years now and always has an inflorescence only about a foot tall instead of the normal three feet or so. On this blooming the stem is only eight inches tall, which puts the four inch flowers just above the tips of the leaves.
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  2. Marni

    Marni Well-Known Member Staff Member Supporting Member

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    It is beautiful, but I especially like the spike habit.
     
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    Mary Jane New Member

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    Yes, if I could find one with this plant's spike length, I would definitely get it. That is really nice, Ed. Thanks.
     
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    xmpraedicta Prairie angraecoid nut Supporting Member

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    Agreed - this needs to be cloned! I wonder if this changes with the light you give it...this gives me hope that one day I can grow an anceps
     
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    KellyW Orchid wonk Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Wow, I like the spike length too. What kind of light do you grow in? Is it just the one spike? Mine, which came from SBOE about 9-10 years ago, puts out spikes that are 3-4 feet which becomes very unwieldy.
     
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    Thanks all. I grow the anceps in the top of the greenhouse where they get about 4k footcandles...pretty bright. This is the last of three spikes and they were all under 12 inches. I have self pollinated one of these flowers now. If I could find a good lab at the right price I'd consider cloning it...the plant has three leads and I could sacrifice one.
     
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    Beautiful, Ed, such a great species!

    I remember seeing a hybrid listed a while ago on Marble Branch Farm's website that had a similarly compact anceps as one of the parents (an alba, I think). I don't know if they made the cross or got it elsewhere, but if it's their anceps they might be into trading some pollen...

    --Nat