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Neobathiea hirtula

Discussion in 'Orchid Species' started by xmpraedicta, Jul 13, 2013.

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  1. xmpraedicta

    xmpraedicta Prairie angraecoid nut Supporting Member

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    After waiting 5 long years, this is my second malala plant to bloom, ever. Really annoying to photograph! Grown under LEDs only since March 2012

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    An flower that's been open for a few days

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    A newly opened flower

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    Marni Well-Known Member Staff Member Supporting Member

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    I hope you think it was worth the wait, I think it is wonderful. You aren't alone. I have some Malala plants from 2005 that still haven't bloomed and quite a few that are blooming for the first time this year. I wasn't growing them well in the conditions I had so switched from mounted to potted. Perhaps with the change in light you may have more successes.
     
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    gg68 Angraecoid addict

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    The lip's shape is really strange...it should be really more acute!!!!
    I know that Malala often wrong named the Neobathiea, it could be Neobathiea hirtula but as I am not at home I can't check in my books......
     
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    ZWUM Bulbophiliac Staff Member

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    Way to go! It's always satisfying blooming a plant you've waited years to see.
     
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    xmpraedicta Prairie angraecoid nut Supporting Member

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    Giles - please let me know what you find. I do note that the spur is very short, much shorter than the pictures I've seen online of n. perrieri.
     
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    xmpraedicta Prairie angraecoid nut Supporting Member

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    I just checked my books and hirtula seems much more appropriate and matches this plant almost exactly.
     
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    this is superb sp !! Congratulation - yes I confirm as well it is hirtula, books says if leaves about 5-8.5 cm it is hirtula var hirtula, if more like 11cm hirtula var floribunda
     
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    Marni, I can't wait until you're able to release plants from outcrossings made of the plants you've brought in. All the species in Neobathiea are so very deserving to be in circulation. I mourn losing my filicornu.
     
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    gg68 Angraecoid addict

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    I think that the title can be changed now, it is quite sure that it is N.hirtula....which is really, really rare in collections!!!
     
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    Marni Well-Known Member Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Change is done. Thanks for checking on this.
     
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    Well done with this one!
     
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    xmpraedicta Prairie angraecoid nut Supporting Member

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    Fully opened, and still fresh 3 weeks later:
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    Marni Well-Known Member Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Very rewarding!
     
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    T. migratoris Active Member

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    That's a fantastic plant. Great growing!
     
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    Reyna Orchid Obsessed Supporting Member

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    Well done you! Five long years, but I'd say worth the wait. That is a very rare species -- probably anywhere, but certainly in cultivation. Since it is so unusual, would you share your growing conditions? Light/dry periods etc etc for this beauty?
    Congratulations. It is awesome.
     
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    Reyna Orchid Obsessed Supporting Member

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    Oh, and do you remember what it was imported as? I have a couple of Neobathiea that haven't ever bloomed, so I haven't been able to identify them. I'd like to make a note for myself so that one day -- when they get around to blooming to remember to check this species.
     
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    XMPraedicta would you like to add your species to www.orchidspecies.com?? Full credit to you the photographer.
     
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    xmpraedicta Prairie angraecoid nut Supporting Member

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    Yes please do. You can credit my actual name: Calvin Lo