Orchids forum: Anyone ever hear of a Medusa orchid

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Name: Alex Junge
MN st paul, (Zone 4a)
Plantsmylove
Dec 24, 2014 7:58 AM CST
In my book Bizarre Botanicals........... they have a Medusa orchid in the orchid section. Did anyone ever try growng these? The book gave it a 3 rating, 1 is easy 2 is medium 3 is hard to grow. Should I stick to Moth Orchids?


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Name: Ursula
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Dec 24, 2014 8:16 AM CST

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Which one, Habenaria medusa or Bulbophyllum medusae?
Name: Alex Junge
MN st paul, (Zone 4a)
Plantsmylove
Dec 24, 2014 8:49 AM CST
I'm not sure I'd have to check the book, didnt know they were two types- growing info on both would be nice.
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hawkarica
Dec 24, 2014 9:24 AM CST
I just looked up medusa on OrchidWiz and there must be twenty of them around. They include:
Cyrtogramcymbidium [Cgc.] Jumbo Medusae
Cattleya [C.] Medusa
Cymbidium [Cym.] Medusa
Dendrobium [Den.] Medusa
Masdevallia [Masd.] medusa
Paphiopedilum [Paph.] Medusa
Nanodes [Na.] medusa This is an Epidendrum

And the list goes on. Ursula did mention the two most popular and here are their photos:
Bulbophyllum medusa
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Habenaria medusa
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I have found Bulbophyllum medusa hard to grow. It seems to sit there and pout for months at a time and only bloom every 3 or 4 years.
Habenaria medusa is easier for me but remember it is a terrestrial orchid that goes dormant in the winter.

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Name: Alex Junge
MN st paul, (Zone 4a)
Plantsmylove
Dec 25, 2014 7:26 PM CST
Oh well glad too have talked. Guess i'll stick to moth orchids
Name: Anne
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Xeramtheum
Dec 25, 2014 7:50 PM CST
Oh my ... I really gotta get me one of the Habenaria medusa. Anyone know of a source?
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Name: Jim Hawk
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hawkarica
Dec 25, 2014 8:14 PM CST
As for a source of Habenaria medusa orchids, I would recommend anywhere except Andy's. I can get them in spike in the spring at my local orchid club for about $20.00. Send me an April reminder, Anne, and I will send one to you.

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Xeramtheum
Dec 25, 2014 8:30 PM CST
Awesome and thanks!
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Dec 26, 2014 8:23 AM CST

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thanks Jim!!
So many different medusas, I had no idea!
Regarding the Bulbphyllum medusa, I find them very susceptible to black rot, especially right after blooming. Some years ago I had one blooming for me in most wonderful fashion, only to DIMP spectacularly right after that. One by one every growth turned to mush on me. It looked to me like the plant bloomed and then was simply done.
I still have two small plants, once in a while they actually produce a good growth to bloom. I don't know why I still try to grow them. Good compost!
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drdawg
Dec 27, 2014 9:09 AM CST
The December, 2014 AOS "Orchids" magazine has an Epidendrum medusa shown. The caption states that it is exclusive to cool and wet mountain cloud forests of Ecuador and that its bizarre flowers inspired its namesake, Medusa.
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Name: Alex Junge
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Plantsmylove
Jan 10, 2015 1:20 PM CST
Maybe thats the one I was refering too.
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drdawg
Jan 10, 2015 2:08 PM CST
There are lots of orchids nicknamed "Medusa", but this is apparently the "true" one.
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hawkarica
Jan 10, 2015 3:10 PM CST
It likes low light, wet conditions and cool temps. There is no way I could grow it here. I don't know what you mean by the "true" one. It is certainly not the most popular.

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drdawg
Jan 10, 2015 3:12 PM CST
Ask the AOS author, Jim. That's just what the article stated. I have never even seen one of these, much less know anything about them.
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