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Scaphosepalum anchoriferum

Discussion in 'Orchid Species' started by wpinnix, Jul 19, 2015.

  1. wpinnix

    wpinnix William Pinnix

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    Perhaps one of my favorite Scaphosepalums. There are about 30 flowers open on over 70 spikes. The last 2 photos are of a recently opened flower, the dorsal sepals reflex over time and the color changes. The flowers glow when lit up by the sun.

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    annabanana1987 Active Member

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    The color change is crazy !
     
  3. KellyW

    KellyW Orchid wonk Staff Member Supporting Member

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    This popped up on the random photos. I don't know how I missed it when it was originally posted. I love this little species. I have one but it has never bloomed for me. Mine is potted but now that I see what yours is doing in the net pot ... hmmm, maybe mine is trying to bloom down in the pot. Time to make a change.
     
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    Hadn't see it either. And it is such a beautiful species. The color change is amazing and 70 spikes, 30 flowers are beyond my dreams. [emoji106]

    My Scaph. bicolor is acting in the same way, sending out several spikes downwards, almost like a Dracula.
    Question: How tall does it grow?
     
  5. wpinnix

    wpinnix William Pinnix

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    This Scaphosepalum is about 4 inches tall.
     
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    weeand Well-Known Member

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    Well, that would fit in my orchidarium. I'll write it on my wishlist :)
    Thank you.
     
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    naoki Well-Known Member

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    Nice color, and excellent photos! The color change is pretty wild.
     
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    Marni Well-Known Member Staff Member Supporting Member

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    I've found that most Scaphoselpalum species do really well mounted and then the spikes will go wherever they want.
     
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    goods Well-Known Member Supporting Member

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    I've had this plant for years, started with it growing in my fridge tank (73-55F), then moved it to just a room temp terrarium since then. It continues to grow and spike but never forms flower buds. I've always found that strange.
     
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    Marni Well-Known Member Staff Member Supporting Member

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    It could very possibly be the clone. I have had experience with a few species where I have grown a clone for many years that never bloom while another one in the same conditions blooms regularly.
     
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    KellyW Orchid wonk Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Zach, the one I mentioned above is the division from you. I potted it into a net pot today and there was one spike but no flower. I'll see if mine responds to the new container. But, like Marni said, maybe it's a dud.