Sunday, November 30, 2008

Myoxanthus lonchophyllus rescue

The genus Myoxanthus contains 40 species of small to large Pleurothallis-like plants. They do well mounted. Who knows why they are not Pleuros.

Myoxanthus lonchophyllus grows in mountain rain forests in Brazil above 3000 feet. It is cool to warm growing and should be fed and watered all year. It blooms any time of the year.

I have had my plant about six months. I got is at the same time as the Pleurothallis excelsa and it was in even worse shape, just a tangle of rootless rhizome with a couple of leaves. I broke it into nine pieces and spread them around the greenhouse in pots.

One nice feature of this plant is that it blooms on previously bloomed leaves. One of the pieces bloomed and I was able to get a flower picture.

This is one of the pieces that had leaves. It was potted in pea gravel with a sphagnum top dressing.

The new growth is right against the side of the 2-inch pot. I will be able to watch the roots develop which is always exciting.

I will leave this alone until it needs re-potting. At that point I may mount it.


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