Orchids forum: January orchids at Kew

Views: 3021, Replies: 19 » Jump to the end

Jan 23, 2011 1:36 AM CST
Thumb of 2011-01-23/rbtkew/1abc4f
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.

Jan 23, 2011 1:41 AM CST
Thumb of 2011-01-23/rbtkew/d3728c
Dendrochilum covallariaeforme var.convallariaforme:
I try to avoid having to write down the name of this orchid; I usually get it wrong!

Jan 23, 2011 1:43 AM CST
Thumb of 2011-01-23/rbtkew/895daa

Maxillaria densa

Jan 23, 2011 1:45 AM CST
Thumb of 2011-01-23/rbtkew/87976e

Dracula chestertonii...

Jan 23, 2011 1:48 AM CST
Thumb of 2011-01-23/rbtkew/264b87

Dracula chimaera...

Jan 23, 2011 1:50 AM CST
Thumb of 2011-01-23/rbtkew/044a25

Dracula polyphemus

Jan 23, 2011 1:53 AM CST
Thumb of 2011-01-23/rbtkew/ab6cde

Platystele stenostachya

Jan 23, 2011 1:57 AM CST
Thumb of 2011-01-23/rbtkew/1a7d3c

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


Jan 23, 2011 2:01 AM CST
Thumb of 2011-01-23/rbtkew/ec5852

Oberonia rufilarbris

Jan 23, 2011 2:04 AM CST
Thumb of 2011-01-23/rbtkew/b0f9c6

Porroglossum muscosum

Jan 23, 2011 2:07 AM CST
Thumb of 2011-01-23/rbtkew/7f3b88

Masdevallia amabilis

Jan 23, 2011 2:10 AM CST
Thumb of 2011-01-23/rbtkew/5f5cc1

Lycaste michelii

Jan 23, 2011 2:19 AM CST
Thumb of 2011-01-23/rbtkew/fce124

Lepanthes calodictyon

Jan 23, 2011 2:23 AM CST
Thumb of 2011-01-23/rbtkew/f96da1

...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
Enjoys or suffers cold winters
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
Sunset zone 22, USDA zone 10 A.
Charter ATP Member Hummingbirder Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge) Orchids Region: California Plant Identifier
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
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Orchids
Jan 23, 2011 2:24 PM CST
I'm loving the entire Dendrochilum collection!
Beautiful Richard, thank you!
Name: Ursula
Fair Lawn NJ, zone 6b
Orchids Cactus and Succulents Region: New Jersey Region: Pennsylvania Native Plants and Wildflowers Greenhouse
Ponds Keeper of Koi Forum moderator Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge) Adeniums Spiders!
Jan 23, 2011 5:27 PM CST


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
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.

« Garden.org Homepage
« Back to the top
« Forums List
« Orchids forum
Only the members of the Members group may reply to this thread.

Member Login:



[ Join now ]

Today's site banner is by plantmanager and is called "Adenium Obesum"