Friday, April 10, 2009

Colmanara Wildcat 'Leopard' backbulb

Colmanara Wildcat 'Leopard' - Photo by Richard LindbergColmanara Wildcat is Odontocidium Rustic Bridge x Odontocidium Crowborough developed by Rod McLellan in the early 1990s. This is a victim of that pesky reclassification and is supposed to be called Odontocidium Wildcat. But I have to draw the line somewhere.

This is a matter of communication. If I say 'Colmanara Wildcat' everybody knows what I mean, and if I say 'Odontocidium Wildcat' I would get only strange looks.

This plant is typical of the stages of development of a backbulb. Here is the plant a couple of years ago when the backbulb has just sprouted.

The sprout developed into a small pseudobulb. The backbulb used its energy up doing that and died off. The new pseudobulb had developed enough roots to maintain itself and in the next growing cycle produced a new growth of its own.

The next step will be to cut off the original pseudobulb and repot it back into the same pot. The next generation pseudobulb will be back to the proper size.

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I have plants for sale on eBay.

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