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Neocogniauxia monophylla

Discussion in 'Orchid Species' started by tenman, Aug 29, 2011.

  1. tenman

    tenman Well-Known Member

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    A mini, this twig epiphyte has bloomed regularly for me grown cooler with good light, misted heavily once daily. It's starting to grow up, and this year I was blessed with three spikes for the first time. You can spot this one a block away thanks to the fluorescent orange of the almost 1.5" wide flowers. Once thought to be closely related to the laelias, recent research 'suggests' this is instead more closely allied to the pleurothallids. Morphologically, it looks like laeliinae. I have both species of this caribbean genus and am hopeful the other, hexaptera, will be blooming size by next spring. The plant growths top out at about 5" minus the inflorescences; the mount is 8.5" tall.
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  2. Zack

    Zack Will work for plants Supporting Member

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    Congrats on the stunning blooms!
     
  3. Tom-DE

    Tom-DE Well-Known Member Supporting Member

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    A great species! Nicely done, Tennis.

    Mine is in full bloom also...I grow mine under shadier condition(800-1000FC), good air movement and only water it once every other day under my growing condition(but not completely dry out). I also think this species is a lot easier to grow than N. hexaptera. Someday I will give N. hexaptera another try.
     
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    I water it daily as it dries out completely in a few hours. It's currently in front of the cooler and then in the winter it's dry enough that it still dries out completely daily; I have a great deal of air movement.

    Where did you find hexaptera? I looked everywhere before finding mine, and only lucked out into a division from a very nice private grower.
     
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    Tom-DE Well-Known Member Supporting Member

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    Tennis, I bought N. hexaptera from J&L years ago. It had not done well for me and it finally died after two years.
     
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    If it's any comfort, apparently it didn't do well for them, either, and they don't have it anymore.
     
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    ZWUM Bulbophiliac Staff Member

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    Great species and an excellent job blooming it!