WSBEorchids

365 days of orchids – day 142 – Meiracyllium trinasutum

This is a small growing species from the Cattleya family rather sweetly names the three nosed Meiracyllium. It is a plant that is found in Mexico and Central America where it grows on three and rock at around 1000m. Its habit is to cling tight to its mount and so we would definitely grow it mounted rather than potted and having tried it in a number of sections finds it does best in our Warm Americas section in good light, lots of air movement and spraying daily.

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365 days of orchids – day 141 – Dendrobium chrysotoxum

Another dramatic Dendrobium is D. chrysotoxum native to the Eastern Himalayas and South East Asia. We have seen many plants of this species in Southern Laos where we found it in seasonally dry forest at around 1000m. Plants were mostly growing on the trunk and lower branches of large trees in good light as shown on the photo below.

The long spikes of large yellow and orange flowers are produced from the top of stout pseudobulbs that shrivel a little by the end of the dry season but do not lose their thick leathery leaves.

We grow the species in Warm Asia with a wet summer and a dryer winter when not growing.

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365 days of orchids – day 140 – Trichoglottis rosea

This species is native to the Phillipines and Taiwan where it grows in lowland forest. It has long lasting waxy flowers that appear along the stem at the leaf axils. The plant seems to prefer to grow pendulously and so we grow it both mounted and in baskets.

This is a piece from a wonderful specimen displayed by Chantelle orchids at the European Orchid Congress in London in 2015 where it won best specimen plant. It comes from warm forest but we find it prefers life in Cool Americas (min 12C) where it is cool wet and humid.

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