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Renanthera monachica

Discussion in 'Orchid Species' started by Ricardo, May 29, 2014.

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  1. Ricardo

    Ricardo Slave of demanding bird

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    The flowers of my Renanthera were delightfully cheery. Unfortunately I got to enjoy only this one. A loathsome curculionid beetle, Stethobaris polita, damaged all the other flowers. This beetle used to be a rare nuisance that was seen infrequently. But since Spathoglottis plicata invaded the forest where I live and established populations of thousands, maybe even tens of thousands in the local fern prairies, this beetle has become much, much common.
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  2. Marni

    Marni Well-Known Member Staff Member Supporting Member

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    I guess you could say one is better than nothing, but I would be very unhappy!
     
  3. KellyW

    KellyW Orchid wonk Staff Member Supporting Member

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    That is a beautiful flower. Too bad the weevil got the others. How frustrating.
     
  4. ZWUM

    ZWUM Bulbophiliac Staff Member

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    That really is an attractive flower. To bad about the others :(
     
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    tenman Well-Known Member

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    Wonderful flower!
     
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    Really lovely. Glad you got at least this one.
     
  7. Ricardo

    Ricardo Slave of demanding bird

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    The real problem is that the beetle has become orders of magnitude more common that it formely was and that is affecting native orchids that never had to deal with such level of flower damage.