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Tolumnia henekenii

Discussion in 'Orchid Species' started by pcolman, May 30, 2018.

  1. pcolman

    pcolman Well-Known Member Supporting Member

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    A Tolumnia species bee-mimic, somewhat similar in appearance to Ophrys species. The flowers are about ¾" tall. The flowers have six very fuzzy apendages. Successive blooming, and like most Tolumnias, spikes should not be cut as long as they haven't dried up, as they will bloom again.

    This species is said to be rather difficult. It comes from rather arid areas and is supposedly very prone to rot. I wouldn't know because I treat it the same as other species with similar requirements (Dendrobium carronii gets the same treatment.) High light, no moss on mount, daily watering, int-warm, lots of airflow. It's probably dry within an hour of watering. I got it last summer, and it has put out a lot of new fans (a dozen or so) and roots since then.

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  2. RustyExotics

    RustyExotics Nicholas - It's a terrestrial thing

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    That's an absolutely incredible Tolumnia. It's always cool to see species Tolumnias as opposed to the "over-hybridized" Jairak group and such that we have today. I think they're all still very pretty, but this one is just wild to see. Awesome plant!
     
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  3. Chuck-NH

    Chuck-NH Well-Known Member

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    Wow...wish I could grow something in this Genus!
     
  4. KellyW

    KellyW Orchid wonk Staff Member Supporting Member

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    New to me and I love it.
    What was your source for this plant?
     
  5. pcolman

    pcolman Well-Known Member Supporting Member

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    Got it from Popow. Not cheap. This species seems to be very rare in cultivation these days.
     
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    Very nice! I didn't know Popow had this species.
     
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    Wow very nice! :clap:
     
  8. Victor Gonzalez

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    received_1306959389404987.jpeg received_1306959399404986.jpeg just in case you are interested, my plant has 5 flower spikes coming up and it will be looking for a boyfriend
    Let me know if you are have some pollen for sale
    Thanks
     
  9. pcolman

    pcolman Well-Known Member Supporting Member

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    The next flower on mine will be opening in a few days. I can send you pollen from that one. Send me a PM with your address.
     
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    Marni Well-Known Member Staff Member Supporting Member

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    :):):)
     
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    pcolman Well-Known Member Supporting Member

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    A year can make quite a difference. More, longer spikes and more flowers. And yes, a lot of roots.

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  13. DanaRaluca

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    Spectacular, indeed! It's a beautiful species and you definitively grow it very well.
     
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    Yes...amazing!
     
  15. RustyExotics

    RustyExotics Nicholas - It's a terrestrial thing

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    My gosh. It's looking beautiful!
     
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    KellyW Orchid wonk Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Wonderful. Any luck with seed? This is one I would really like to try.
     
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    I sent pollen out last year. Don't know what if anything resulted.
     
  18. Marni

    Marni Well-Known Member Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Just wondering how long this dries between waterings?
     
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    pcolman Well-Known Member Supporting Member

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    What's water? :)

    I don't think this species likes actually being watered. I spritz it enough to moisten it a little. It's probably completely dry within half an hour. Generally I do this daily, though sometimes I skip a day if it's really humid.
     
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    I wish all my "difficult" orchids were as easy as this one. 13 spikes this year.

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