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Zootrophion alvaroi

Discussion in 'Orchid Species' started by Marni, Jul 10, 2020.

  1. Marni

    Marni Well-Known Member Staff Member Supporting Member

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    This has to be the best Zootrophion!

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    I totally love these too. Trying to imagine what the pollinator might be. Perhaps some sort of gnat, to squeeze into those little slits.
     
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  3. Marni

    Marni Well-Known Member Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Something very, very small. Especially if it has pollen on its body.
     
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    Does science have any idea what would attract such a small pollinator to a flower like that? Is it mimicking a certain type of fungus that is a similar color or does it have some kind of fragrance?
     
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    some flowers look very differently if looked at in a different light spectrum, like through infra-red or ultra-violet glasses. most insects have very different colour perception than humans. studies exist about honey bees and certain flowers. apparently they are attracted to markings we do not see with our eyes. do these flowers open any wider?
     
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    I love this color and presentation! Well done!!
     
  7. Marni

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    They don't open any wider. I was 4" from the flower while I was pollinating it and I didn't notice any fragrance. But I'm not an insect.
     
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    Stunning plant! Kudos on the culture!
     
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    I always thought Zootrophion was a boring genus because of the almost closed flowers. This one is different though. Quite lovely to say the least.
     
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    That is a very nice yellow!
     
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    What size are these flowers (length x width)? I might have to have one
     
  12. Marni

    Marni Well-Known Member Staff Member Supporting Member

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    I think a bit less than 1" long.
     
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    Happy surprise! I managed to pick up one of these. I have generic cultural guidelines, but no idea how accurate they are; do you have any specific growing tips for it? The one I got is in a small plastic pot in sphagnum, now.
     
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    Marni Well-Known Member Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Good for you! It is a lovely thing. I grow mine mounted with some live moss growing on the cork mount. It is watered almost every day. It approaches dryness before watering. It gets 1/4 strength MSU for RO water at almost every watering. It is growing shady in a warm greenhouse. The person I got it from was growing it in intermediate conditions.
     
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    Thanks for the tips! If I keep it alive, hoepfully I'll be posting pics sometime!
     
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