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Name: tarev
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tarev
Jan 30, 2012 11:23 AM CST
I just realized I have some plants which has the "spider" name included in its common name:

Chorophytum comosum - commonly known as spider plants
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Brassia Rex 'Waoimao Spotless' orchid - commonly called as spider orchids
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And yesterday, I found some bulbs for sale at Costco called Hymenocallis Ismene Festalis
and as I research more about it, it is commonly known as a Peruvian spider lily. Have not planted them yet, just waiting for a little more Spring to come in:
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Lovely plants indeed!
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dave
Jan 30, 2012 11:42 AM CST

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This demonstrates the value of botanical names. They can't be confused with other plants!
Name: Lin
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plantladylin
Jan 30, 2012 7:59 PM CST
I agree about the use of botanical names being best. There are many plants that have the same or similar "common" name and it causes a lot of confusion.

tarev: Love that Brassia Orchid, very nice ... and that Hymenocallis looks like it's going to be a beauty! I'm sure looking forward to spring so I can get planting too! Smiling
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Name: tarev
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tarev
Jan 30, 2012 10:07 PM CST
Yeah their true names makes them more identifiable, it is just at times their botanical names are such a mouthful to pronounce and spell Big Grin

Oh I am with you LIn, so ready to plant those Hymenocallis bulbs...if our weather stays good next week, I will plant them in!

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tropicbreeze
Jan 30, 2012 11:51 PM CST
Hymenocallis littoralis is also known as Spider Lily here, along with some from different genus.

Caladenia sps orchids are generally called Spider Orchids and probably most of the species would have spider in their name. There's even a King Spider Orchid - Caladenia pectinata. Another genus of orchid, Arachnorchis, also have spider in most of the species names.
Name: Lin
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plantladylin
Jan 31, 2012 6:22 AM CST
The Spider Orchids are sure cool looking plants! I have a few orchids but no spiders, I might have to try to find one! I looked up Caladenia in the Plant Database: http://garden.org/plants/browse/plants/genus/Caladenia/?offs... and there are 6 pages of listings but not one photo yet. Sad

There's only one Arachnorchis listed: http://garden.org/plants/browse/plants/genus/Arachnorchis/ but no information or photo's.

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tropicbreeze
Jan 31, 2012 8:34 AM CST
Lin, there's a number of Caladenia photos on this link
http://orchids.chookman.id.au/caladenia/caladenia.html

That's the problem with some of these databases, you can see people often get catalogues or species indexes and copy down plant names just to achieve some sort of score. Then you end up with all these entries that are of no real value.
Name: Lin
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plantladylin
Jan 31, 2012 11:40 AM CST
Zig: Thanks for that link, they sure are gorgeous orchids. I found another site too with some pretties: http://www.nativeorchids.co.nz/Caladenia_Orchids_1.html Now I just need to find a vendor in the U.S. Smiling
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tropicbreeze
Jan 31, 2012 6:31 PM CST
That's a great site Lin, didn't realise they had so many of the same genuses as we have in southern Australia. Caladenias are ground orchids whereas most commercially available ones are more epiphytic. That might make them a bit difficult to find. But there's certainly a great number of species.
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woofie
Feb 4, 2012 1:04 PM CST
I had some of those same Hymenocallis (also from Costco Smiling ) a couple of years ago and they really are lovely. Mine got frozen before I thought to dig them up, so mine are history...I'm terrible about lifting bulbs. You'll have to post some pictures when they bloom!
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Name: tarev
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tarev
Feb 4, 2012 1:23 PM CST
I will post photos woofie! Still have not started planting them yet, still swinging temps here..but sooo tempted to really dig in!
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Frillylily
Apr 13, 2012 6:44 PM CST
http://www.daylilies.org/DaylilyDB/

If you are wanting to plant daylilies with spider themed names, you can search the AHS database and get names for spider named dayliles.

On the Web
Pink Superspider
Spider Man
Spider Miracle
some examples, there are many

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