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Psychilis macconelliae

Discussion in 'Orchid Species' started by Ricardo, May 29, 2017.

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  1. Ricardo

    Ricardo Slave of demanding bird

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    Four years ago I posted a photo of a plant of this species growing near the seashore, in sand, in quite harsh and challenging conditions Psymacconelliae.jpg . This plant is growing inland in a moister, more shaded environment. Still, it is moister by St. Croix standard, which is a relatively dry island.
     
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    KellyW Orchid wonk Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Wonderful. These get giant don't they? or am I thinking of some other species?
     
  3. Ricardo

    Ricardo Slave of demanding bird

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    In the wild plants can form large masses of pseudobulbs, but in captivity these genus usually stays small. You are probably thinking about Myrmecophyla, and yes I saw enormous plants of those too, but all in gardens.
     
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    Marni Well-Known Member Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Lovely thing!
     
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    KellyW Orchid wonk Staff Member Supporting Member

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    I've never seen or heard of it...great color!
     
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    Mikhail kujawa Well-Known Member

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    I really enjoy your pictures. What Chuck said, Great color on them!
     
  8. Ricardo

    Ricardo Slave of demanding bird

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    In pristine habitat, these orchids can be absurdly abundant, growing on trees, bushes and cactus.
     
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    Nice, do you have any habitat photos?
     
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    I raise these on St. John. They were named for Mrs. Herbert McConnel on STT. They can grow easily on rocks and in the base of dry shrubs. They form lots of seed pods. They are listed as native to the Virgin Islands.
     
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