Orchids forum: January orchids at Kew

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rbtkew
Jan 23, 2011 1:36 AM CST
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Dendrochilum saccolabium

Hello everyone
It is cold, grey and gloomy here at Kew, London in January is never nice. Not a lot is happening in the collection but I have found a few plants you may be interested in. Nothing to loud or blousy but a couple of cute tiny's My favourite orchid at the moment is Lepanthes calodictyon, a real gem.

rbtkew
Jan 23, 2011 1:41 AM CST
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Dendrochilum covallariaeforme var.convallariaforme:
I try to avoid having to write down the name of this orchid; I usually get it wrong!

rbtkew
Jan 23, 2011 1:43 AM CST
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Maxillaria densa

rbtkew
Jan 23, 2011 1:45 AM CST
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Dracula chestertonii...

rbtkew
Jan 23, 2011 1:48 AM CST
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Dracula chimaera...

rbtkew
Jan 23, 2011 1:50 AM CST
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Dracula polyphemus

rbtkew
Jan 23, 2011 1:53 AM CST
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Platystele stenostachya

rbtkew
Jan 23, 2011 1:57 AM CST
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Bonatea speciosa
Name: Bill
New Windsor, NY (Zone 6b)
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billc
Jan 23, 2011 2:00 AM CST
Dracula chimaera is a very interesting looking bloom. I wonder what pollinates it it the wild?

Bill

rbtkew
Jan 23, 2011 2:01 AM CST
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Oberonia rufilarbris

rbtkew
Jan 23, 2011 2:04 AM CST
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Porroglossum muscosum

rbtkew
Jan 23, 2011 2:07 AM CST
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Masdevallia amabilis

rbtkew
Jan 23, 2011 2:10 AM CST
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Lycaste michelii

rbtkew
Jan 23, 2011 2:19 AM CST
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Lepanthes calodictyon

rbtkew
Jan 23, 2011 2:23 AM CST
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...a closer look; not as clear as I hoped,this is where I wish I had a better camera!
Name: Kathy
Western MA

Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Dog Lover Region: Northeast US Orchids Irises
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boojum
Jan 23, 2011 5:50 AM CST
You always kill me with your fab pics!!! "Gems" indeed!! These are all so unique and I barely know half of them. A good education!! I especially love Bonatea speciosa, Lepanthes calodictyon, Lycaste michelii, and Dracula chestertonii! Thanks again for knocking my socks off, Richard!
Name: Carol
Santa Ana,Ca. (Zone 10b)
Sunset zone 22
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ctcarol
Jan 23, 2011 8:56 AM CST
I agree What Kathy said! I always look forward to your posts. Thank you so much, Richard! Lovey dubby Lovey dubby Lovey dubby
Name: lindsey
wesley chapel, fl
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sugarcane
Jan 23, 2011 2:24 PM CST
I'm loving the entire Dendrochilum collection!
Beautiful Richard, thank you!
lindsey
Name: Ursula
Fair Lawn NJ, zone 6b
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Ursula
Jan 23, 2011 5:27 PM CST

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Richard, your selection is stunning!! I love it!
The Bonatea speciosa looks like something out of a sci fi movie, very interesting!
The Draculas are great, I wish I could grow some of them!
Beautiful Dendrochilums!
Regarding the Lepanthes calodictyon- such a beautiful well grown plant! It looks like you grow it mounted and totally open/not in a Wardian case or similar?

Thank you so much for sharing!

If I am permitted to answer Bill's question - regarding the pollination of Draculas.
The pollination of Dracula chestertonii is nicely described by Roman Kaiser ( Fragrance and Flavor Chemist at Roche/Givaudan )
The flowers emit a mushroom-like scent and the large lip is somewhat similar to a certain fungus cap with that same smell, attracting the female of a particular fungus-fly which gets duped into laying her eggs on the presumed mushroom cap. Pollinium gets stuck during this process on the fungus fly and on the visit to another bloom gets transferred to the stigma of that one.
According to Kaiser some other Draculas are similarly pollinated.
I have smelled very few Draculas flowers, but I am wondering if some are also pollinated by small carrion flies, looking at the dark reddish colors and lots of fine hair on some.


Name: Kathy
Western MA

Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Dog Lover Region: Northeast US Orchids Irises
Enjoys or suffers cold winters
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boojum
Jan 23, 2011 8:47 PM CST
So interesting. I didn't notice a strong scent being emitted yesterday amongst the Draculas at J & L, but the Den. kingianums were dominating the air. I have 2 Draculas lumping along in my cool room.

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