Tuesday, February 28, 2006
Monday, February 27, 2006
Saturday, February 25, 2006
Thursday, February 23, 2006
Wednesday, February 22, 2006
This a very unusual Dendrobium that I picked up from a show in Honolulu a few years ago. It can bloom anytime of the year, but seems to be triggered by a specific combination of night vs. day temperatures. Club-shaped pseudobulbs taper suddenly into a long thin "stem" from which the short-lived blooms appear along the nodes. Another unusual characteristic -- blooms can appear from previously flowered nodes!
Saturday, February 18, 2006
Dendrobium aggregatum (aka. Den. lindleyi)
Sunday, February 12, 2006
Thursday, February 09, 2006
Rare orchids found (08-Feb-2006)
Rare orchids found
A HEALTHY population of a rare and endangered native orchid species has been found in Western Australia's southwest.The 246 grand spider orchids are in a nature reserve near Pinjarra, 89km south of Perth.
It was the third largest known population of Caladenia huegelii, the Department of Conservation and Land Management (CALM) said today.
In 1995 a single, flowering grand spider orchid was found at the same site, CALM said.
Another survey, in 2004, also found just one of the plants, about 500m from the previous sighting.
It is hoped more surveys of the reserve next year will find more of the orchids.
Tuesday, February 07, 2006
Saturday, February 04, 2006
If you want to grow this, be prepared for it to take over an corner of your greenhouse! This is a large, sprawling (almost "vining") plant with unusually long rhizomes -- pseudobulbs on mature plants are typically 10" to 12" apart!
I have this plant growing in a large concrete pot with a 6" diameter, 4 ft. long log standing upright.
Cattleya walkeriana var. coerulea
This picture of the coerulea (blue) variety was taken at H&R Nurseries in Waimanalo -- I purchased a couple of them and could never get them to grow and bloom quite as well as these.