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Ornithocephalus gladiatus

Discussion in 'Orchid Species' started by orchidkarma, Feb 27, 2011.

  1. orchidkarma

    orchidkarma Member

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    A warm to intermediate growing miniature epiphyte from Grenada and down through the southern neotropical Americas. I keep it mounted in the warm vivarium, quite bright and humid, but I allow it to dry out a little bit in between waterings. The fan measures about 12 cm wide and the little flowers no more than 3 mm. I got five inflorescences on mine this time with about 20-30 flowers per sprig. I really like the white and green color combination, the jurassic shape and yes… I am a sucker for furry flowers. :D

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  2. Uluwehi

    Uluwehi angraecoids, dendrobiums and more Supporting Member

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    It's so cute. I see why you like it; everything about it is adorable.
     
  3. Tom-DE

    Tom-DE Well-Known Member Supporting Member

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    It is a lovely species but I don't think it is labeled correctly.
     
  4. Kevin

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    I'm kind of a sucker for green and white flowers. Like that lots.
     
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    Thanks!! :) I love it, but I am not sure about the ID either... no photos I have seen of this species online looks the same - and none look like this either. But this is the name on the tag, from Peruflora... Anyone have an idea of what it can be? Tom?
     
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    Bravissima Orchidkarma, this is a wonderful bloom!

    I agree, in my experience this is very important. My gladiatus was very similar to your but I agree, I'm not sure about ID too.
     
  7. Kitty

    Kitty AKA\Debby

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    very cute little guy, love this genus
     
  8. gnathaniel

    gnathaniel Lurker Supporting Member

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    Beautiful, Karma! I really like Ornithocephalus a lot. You do a great job photographing yours, too.

    My gladiatus has some young spikes developing, when it blooms I'll try to post close-up photos for comparison. From my memory of last year's flowers they looked a little different from yours. However, I don't know if mine is correctly labeled and I'm not sure of its origin (aside from who I got it from), so the comparison may not be very illuminating...

    --Nat
     
  9. Tom-DE

    Tom-DE Well-Known Member Supporting Member

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    Most likely it is O. bicornis. I don't have a good photo of my bicornis. IOSPE has two photos for O. bicornis but neither of them is O. bicornis. They are photos of two different other species IMO.
    There is a good O. bicornis photo on The New Encyclopedia of Orchids by Isobyl la Crox. Take a look if you have that book.

    My second guess is O. kruegeri but I doubt that...
     
  10. orchidkarma

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    Thanks everyone! :) It would be nice to see comparisons, but most of all it would be awesome to get a correct ID for it. Thanks Tom. Unfortunately I do not have the book, but Ecuagenera is selling one labelled O. bicornis and the flowers are very similar to mine, but their specimen at least has a lot of yellow color, which mine do not. Perhaps that is just a variation? All in all, there seem to be a lot of discrepancies of the ID's within this genus among sellers....