Orchids forum: Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, May 2012

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Name: Jim Hawk
Odessa, Florida (Zone 9b)
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hawkarica
May 26, 2012 7:08 AM CST
I went on a Master Gardener field trip to the Selby Botanical Gardens in Sarasota, FL., last week and wanted to share my pictures. Most are either of orchids or palms and cycads. I also took pictures of the labels so you can see exactly what you are looking at. The first label is out focus so I need some help identifying this wonderful Dendrobium.

Jim

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Name: Ursula
Fair Lawn NJ, zone 6b
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Ursula
May 26, 2012 1:03 PM CST

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Looks like a very interesting tour! I love the Uncarina grandidieri
Could the Dendrobium be Dendrobium stratioides? That is an awesome picture!
Name: Janice
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sandnsea2
May 26, 2012 2:19 PM CST
What a great tour, Jim, thanks!! Hurray!

Love the Palms, of course and the Catasetum Susan Fuchs is very nice indeed!!
Name: Jim Hawk
Odessa, Florida (Zone 9b)
Charter ATP Member Hibiscus Birds Bromeliad Greenhouse Master Gardener: Florida
Garden Photography Region: United States of America Roses Tropicals Region: Florida Orchids
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hawkarica
May 26, 2012 2:53 PM CST
I've been looking for a Nannorrhopps ritchiana for a couple of years. They have a striking blue color and stay fairly low to the ground. The problem is they are very slow growing and it is very expensive to get one with any size to it. This one is huge and the blue color is striking. I loved it!

Jim
Name: Jim Hawk
Odessa, Florida (Zone 9b)
Charter ATP Member Hibiscus Birds Bromeliad Greenhouse Master Gardener: Florida
Garden Photography Region: United States of America Roses Tropicals Region: Florida Orchids
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hawkarica
May 26, 2012 2:57 PM CST
Ursula, I think you nailed it. I just looked it up and the picture is identical. What a cool flower...gotta have it.

Jim
Name: Elaine
South Sarasota, Florida (Zone 9b)
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dyzzypyxxy
May 31, 2012 6:55 AM CST
Great pics, Jim. No matter how often I go to Selby, I've never seen it all. Never noticed that Mazari Palm, but now that you posted it, I'll look for it. Nothing like seeing a familiar place through somebody else's eyes, or camera lens. They do change the displays quite often, too, especially in the greenhouse. Love that Den - it looks like its under water with its hair floating upwards!

I've been shopping for the blue saw palmetto with the same results as you - all you can get are expensive, slow-growing small plants. The key, I think, is that they are so slow - fast-growing stuff is easy to propagate and so it's cheap. I keep explaining this to my kids who ask why orchids are so expensive - relatively slow growers, too. Takes years and so much tlc to get a plant to sale-able size.
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