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Jan 23, 2011 1:36 AM CST
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
Dendrochilum covallariaeforme var.convallariaforme:
I try to avoid having to write down the name of this orchid; I usually get it wrong!
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 2:23 AM CST
...a closer look; not as clear as I hoped,this is where I wish I had a better camera!
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!|
Jan 23, 2011 8:56 AM CST
|What Kathy said! I always look forward to your posts. Thank you so much, Richard!|
Jan 23, 2011 2:24 PM CST
|I'm loving the entire Dendrochilum collection!|
Beautiful Richard, thank you!
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!
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.
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.|