Saturday, June 27, 2009

Sobralia xantholuca 'Broa' x leucoxantha alba 'Broa'

Sobralia xantholuca 'Broa' x leucoxantha alba 'Broa' - Photo by Richard LindbergSobralia xantholuca 'Broa' x leucoxantha alba 'Broa' - Photo by Richard LindbergSobralia (Sob) contains about 100 species that look very much like bamboo. They are terrestrial and grow in tropical areas of Mexico and South America.

Yesterday I had an amazing experience. I watched an entire blooming sequence from bud to fully open to closing.

I was in the greenhouse at 10 minute intervals taking pictures of my Stanhopea bud's progress. Each time I took a picture I looked at the Sobralia. The bud started opening at 9am, was fully open at noon and at 3pm was fading fast.

Now I know what a fully open flower looks like and when the next flower opens, I'll be ready. The flower picture that I have now was taken an hour too late and it had already started to close.

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