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Pleurothallis sarracenia (EDIT: currently Acianthera bragae 12-2015)

Discussion in 'Orchid Species' started by KellyW, Jun 2, 2015.

  1. KellyW

    KellyW Orchid wonk Staff Member Supporting Member

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    A very interesting plant. It has succulent-like foliage and these really cool flowers that, in general, are in pairs and face each other.
    I grow it shady, warm, moist.

    Pleurothallis sarracenia close-900.jpg Pleurothallis sarracenia2-900.jpg
     
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    Marni Well-Known Member Staff Member Supporting Member

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    i've never seen one that had contrasting colors.
     
  3. KellyW

    KellyW Orchid wonk Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Marni, this is a first flowering for me. They just started opening so it is possible that the color will change (?)
     
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    Marni Well-Known Member Staff Member Supporting Member

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    It will be interesting to see what happens. Keep us posted.
     
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    juanriog Barcelona, Spain. Inter GH.

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    New to me, where is it from? the flower remember me a masd.
    very done..
    when i see your flowers or Marni´s i feel petty to mines..

    great job
     
  6. KellyW

    KellyW Orchid wonk Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Juan. Thanks for the kind comment. According to IOSPE this species is from coastal Brazil.
     
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    Wow♡ this is such a cute plant !
     
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    Mine is like this too so it's not an environmental factor.
     
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    KellyW Orchid wonk Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Thanks, Daniel.
     
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    Tom-DE Well-Known Member Supporting Member

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    Interesting clone. Mine never has green color on the flower either.
     
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    KellyW Orchid wonk Staff Member Supporting Member

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    The flower color has remained constant so it is truly two-toned.
     
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    jai Orchid addict

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    Wow, I love it. Great pic and plant. Where did you find this beauty?
     
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    Chris.c147 Well-Known Member

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    There is another species that looks exactly like sarracenia, but is two toned exactly like your plant. That plant is named Phloeophila pubescens, correct me if I am wrong.

    And I too, would love to know where you got this particular plant.
     
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    Marni Well-Known Member Staff Member Supporting Member

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    They are synonyms for the same plant. My not so great memory is telling me that it is being called Acianthera bragae now. But I haven't checked it against any authority.
     
  15. KellyW

    KellyW Orchid wonk Staff Member Supporting Member

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    You are correct. The currently accepted name for this species (per Kew) is
    Acianthera bragae. Phloeophila pubescens, and Pleurothallis sarracenia are 2 of several synonyms.

    A small division of this plant was gifted to me by a friend. I don't know where the original plant came from. Although the bi-colored form is less common it does show up in some of the Google images.
     
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    I've always thought that the wine-colored version of this species was nice, but this two-tone variety is really something else!

    Nicely done, Kelly.
     
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    Lovely plant, did the flowers open more, or did they stay just as shown in your pics?
     
  18. KellyW

    KellyW Orchid wonk Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Thank you, Lycaste. They do not open any further than shown in the photo.
     
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    Adorable. Looks like penguins playing in a field of succulents ... Hope mine blooms soon ;)