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Malala in Madagascar

Discussion in 'Orchid Vendor FYI' started by oisifml, Oct 2, 2012.

  1. oisifml

    oisifml Active Member

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    Well yesterday I received here in France my modest little parcel of angraecoids from Malala in Madagascar.
    This is what you get under almost ideal circumstances; a decent time of the year, plants traveling as luggage in a carrier airplane, being wrapped up only a couple of days before the trip and not being over watered. Along with a friendly yet meaningful email to Michelle, saying you expect plants with roots and you will be not so happy if they don't have any .
    Going through custom was hassle free as we had all the paperwork, I collected the plants at the airport and the plants were in a terrarium soon after I got back home.

    Of the eight plants I could afford, one is blooming and two have spikes.. only one is in a condition that is not really acceptable.

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    Of course to the casual reader those plant look like sickly twigs but for those accustomed to imports from Madagascar, they will look, as they look to me, pretty good.
     
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    MiKa Active Member Supporting Member

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    Your lucky. I never get any answers when I email them.
     
  3. mrbreeze

    mrbreeze Anglican Supporting Member

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    Sweet! You got some great ones. Of course I can't tell exactly what they are, but at least a couple look like ones i've given up on. Certain types just do *not* survive the trip over the ocean.
     
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    oisifml Active Member

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    after removal of the mats those are the roots you can find,
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    Very good! Looks to me like an impressive haul!
     
  6. Reyna

    Reyna Orchid Obsessed Supporting Member

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    Looks like a good haul. Just thinking about my last Malala order -- makes me think of the smell of those sponges and moss.

    Can you give us a run down of the species you purchased? I can tell some, but what is the run down? Good for you.
     
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    oisifml Active Member

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    I guess on the left I have two angraecum dolii with medium or very little roots, on top there is ang.pectinatum with decent roots, the small plant to its right is aerangis curnowiana with few roots and on the far right an agraecum popowi with a long dead root.
    bellow on the left, an aerangis umbonata and two angraecum ramosum arachnite with acceptable roots.
     
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    xmpraedicta Prairie angraecoid nut Supporting Member

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    Wow...xmas day came early!
     
  9. gg68

    gg68 Angraecoid addict

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    I've just seen your topic!!
    I had some spikes on mine too, but I cut them...the orchids have already enough suffered, so blooming will be for next year!!

    I bought one A.pectinatum too, but as you can see on the leaves, it is not A.pectinatum at all, maybe A.panicifolium....one of the many mistakes in Michelle's orchids names!!
     
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    I am planning a trip for the 3th time to Madagascar by the end of this year. Anyone of you have an idea if it woud be possible to visit Malala ?
    If possible, I would like to import a small quantity of plants from there. It would be nice to select some plants myself, so you can see what you are buying.
    Someone who has some experience by doing this, of course in a legal way ?

    Regards,

    Stijn
     
  11. Walter C

    Walter C New Member Supporting Member

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    Folks, these plants are probably collected, probably not in flower at the time. They do not look like seed grown plants. Do you really think that there is a taxonomist on site? They probably look similar to the species they are supposed to be, that's all.
    Consider them to be "species, aff." They are exciting to watch(in extremely slow motion.)
    They may be a surprise, but never a disappointment. The I.D.s are educated guesses, not mistakes. I have been watching some for a year and nothing has changed in the plant that I can see. Hopefully some rooting activity is going on under the moss. I can wait.
    If you demand exactly what you asked for, stick with domestically raised plants and don't import. Importing is for the adventurous. It's the thrill of the unknown.
    Just my opinion!!
     
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