Welcome to OrchidsForum.com. We are a friendly online community for Orchid Growers all over the world. If you haven't joined yet we invite you to register and join our community. Hope to see you on our forums!

Lepanthes platysepala

Discussion in 'Orchid Species' started by Tom-DE, Jul 22, 2015.

Tags:
  1. Tom-DE

    Tom-DE Well-Known Member Supporting Member

    Messages:
    5,515
    Likes Received:
    402
    Location:
    U.S.A
    I have had it in my collection for almost 10 years and the growths are about 12" long now. In nature, it might grow a bit longer.... a lovely species even just growing it for its foliage. The blooming season for me is from late winter to spring. 0.5" flower... P1050601.JPG P1050600.JPG
     
  2. sam1147

    sam1147 sam1147

    Messages:
    1,011
    Likes Received:
    374
    Location:
    Israel
    A real monster
     
  3. ash1de

    ash1de Active Member

    Messages:
    180
    Likes Received:
    231
    Location:
    Central Michigan
    That is beautiful.
     
  4. wpinnix

    wpinnix William Pinnix

    Messages:
    1,071
    Likes Received:
    743
    Location:
    Eureka, CA
    Nice growing Tom! John Leathers has one in his greenhouse that's about 3 feet long.
     
  5. Tom-DE

    Tom-DE Well-Known Member Supporting Member

    Messages:
    5,515
    Likes Received:
    402
    Location:
    U.S.A
    Bill, that sounds fantastic and I am not surprised that John will have a specimen like that. I would love to see a photo from John someday.

    I have Trichosalpinx chamaelepanthes, which the plant appearance is similar to this Lepanthes, and mine is about 3 feet long. I would say it is a good substitute for this Lepanthes.
     
  6. wpinnix

    wpinnix William Pinnix

    Messages:
    1,071
    Likes Received:
    743
    Location:
    Eureka, CA
    Yeah, his Lepanthes is amazing. He also has the Trichosalpinx, and a couple of other similar Lepanthes. I did get a piece from his plant (platysepala), but it's only about 3 inches long....I've got some time and a ways to go.

    Your plant looks excellent, just giving you a benchmark :D
     
  7. Tom-DE

    Tom-DE Well-Known Member Supporting Member

    Messages:
    5,515
    Likes Received:
    402
    Location:
    U.S.A
    Bill, it will grow if the condition is right. It might take a while for your plant to grow big though. Ecuagenera has them and the plant size is about 4" long, 1-3 growth.
     
  8. wpinnix

    wpinnix William Pinnix

    Messages:
    1,071
    Likes Received:
    743
    Location:
    Eureka, CA
    It's growing, just slowly. I have a clone I got from Orquideas del Valle in February that is about 8 inches long, 4 growths. It is growing well.
     
  9. Tom-DE

    Tom-DE Well-Known Member Supporting Member

    Messages:
    5,515
    Likes Received:
    402
    Location:
    U.S.A
    Not sure about you, but the length of the growth is not what I am aiming for. Anything longer than 20" will be difficult for me to find a spot in my growing area. When the plant has a dozen or more of growths, then it will really look good. Good luck with yours. It is a nice species to have but it might take years to grow into a decent specimen, so be patient.
     
  10. JohnsonS

    JohnsonS Active Member

    Messages:
    122
    Likes Received:
    94
    Location:
    Portland, OR
    Nice plant, Tom! Are you growing this one cool-intermediate?

    I saw one of these on eBay a few months ago listed as T. chamaelepanthes, though it was obviously not. It had little bidding activity so I put a few decent bids on it hoping others did not know what it was - unfortunately, I don't think that was the case as it went for a pretty high dollar. It was a decent sized plant, though. I have been hesitant to try this group as it seems most come from higher elevations...
     
  11. Tom-DE

    Tom-DE Well-Known Member Supporting Member

    Messages:
    5,515
    Likes Received:
    402
    Location:
    U.S.A
    yes, I grow it I/C