U. asplundii flowers
Posted 15 April 2012 - 23:13 PM
U. asplundii, Chiwinda Ecuador (short lobe clone)
There's approximately 50 stalks in there. I counted multiple times, getting counts from 48 to 56. Wow - that cinderblock sure doesn't do the plant justice ... ??? ... but there's no way I can dig that thing out again ...
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Posted 16 April 2012 - 01:31 AM
Never seen such a thing before!! Sheer madness!!!
Posted 16 April 2012 - 06:14 AM
...but don't get me wrong, I love it!
Posted 16 April 2012 - 06:31 AM
Posted 16 April 2012 - 07:47 AM
Now i will have to print the first picture, hang it into my terrarium and speak to the plants: "See? This is how you are supposed to look!"
Posted 16 April 2012 - 11:35 AM
Magnificent plant, thanks for sharing!
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Posted 18 April 2012 - 18:18 PM
Thanks for the kind thoughts! These plants are in a 75 gal tank in my basement (those of us without greenhouses have to make do with what we have).
I'm sure everyone's interested to hear about your cultivation methods.
- cool basement temperatures (approx mid 70's*F (24*C) during day & mid 60's*F (18*C) at night -- roughly 5*F (2.8*C) degrees warmer in summer). Tank w/ U. campbelliana sits on the cement floor & is roughly 4-5*F cooler.
- media - live LFS (U. jamesoniana & U. campbelliana are on plaques)
- 4" netpots - top watered when surface live LFS starts to look dry (no water tray - excess water drains)
- live LFS is placed between pots on shelf and in bottom of tank (I do this in all of my tanks to maintain a decent humidity level & also as a visual indicator)
Here's the tank:
Last year I deliberately allowed a U. nelumbifolia & U. humboldtii clone to 'escape' into the lower regions of the tank (in the LFS & prolifera mess). These plants thrived like nothing else I've grown. The U. nelumbifolia leaves reached ~4" diameter so they had to go (shaded everything else). One of the U. humboldtii leaves can be seen on the far back right of the tank pic. It's roughly 18" high by 2.5" wide.
Quick flower pic from another clone. This has much longer lobes & darker colors:
There is a longer term Orchidioides discussion thread on Terra where this kind of info/pics are regularly shared/discussed. Anyone interested is welcome to participate. The first post also contains links to many excursions featuring these plants in their native habitat.
Posted 18 April 2012 - 22:53 PM
Congratulation, it´s a beauty.