Sunday, July 19, 2009

Anacheilium crassilabium in bloom

Anacheilium crassilabium - Flower photo by Richard LindbergAnacheilium crassilabium - Plant photo by Richard LindbergThe genus Anacheilium (Ahl) contains 59 species growing from Mexico through northern South America. These are the cockleshell orchids. They were separated from Encyclia as a part of the naming wars that actually makes sense.

Anacheilium crassilabium grows in the Caribbean, Central America, and northern South America. It is a medium sized epiphyte, growing cool to warm. You would not believe how many different names this species has had.

Auliza wilsoni Gale' 1938; Aulizeum variegatum [Hkr.] Lindley ex Stein 1892; Encyclia christii (Rchb. f.) Dodson 1994; Encyclia crassilabia (Poepp. & Endl.) Lemee' 1955; Encyclia crassilabia (Poepp. & Endl.) Dressler 1961; Encyclia feddeana (Kraenzl.) ined ?; Encyclia leopardina [Rchb.f] Dod. & Hags. 1994; Encyclia longipes (Rchb. f.) Dodson ?; Encyclia vespa (Vell.) Dressler 1971; Epidendrum baculibulbum Schltr. 1923; Epidendrum christii Rchb. f. 1877; Epidendrum coriaceum H. Focke 1853; Epidendrum coriaceum Parker ex Hkr. 1837; *Epidendrum crassilabium Poepp. & Endl. 1838; Epidendrum feddeanum Kraenzl. 1905; Epidendrum fuertesii Cogn. 1912; Epidendrum longipes Rchb. f. 1878; Epidendrum rhabdobulbon Schltr. 1920; Epidendrum rhopalobulbon Schltr. 1924; Epidendrum saccharatum Kraenzl. 1908; Epidendrum variegatum Hook. 1832; Epidendrum variegatum var. angustipetalum Hoehne 1947 ; Epidendrum variegatum var. coriaceum [Parker ex Hkr.] Lindl. 1853 ; Epidendrum variegatum var. crassilabium (Poepp. & Endl.) Lindl. 1853; Epidendrum variegatum var. leopardianum Lindl. 1853; Epidendrum variegatum var. virens Lindl. 1853; Hormidium baculibulbum (Schltr.) Brieger 1960; Hormidium coriaceum [Parker] Brieger 1960; Hormidium lineatum [Rchb.f] Brieger 1977; Hormidium variegatum [Hkr.] Breiger 1960; Hormidium virens [Lindl.] Brieger 1961; Prosthechea christii (Rchb. f.) Dodson & Hágsater 1999; Prosthechea crassilabia [Poepp. & Endl.] Carnevali & Ramierez 2003; Prosthechea leopardina (Rchb. f.) Dodson & Hágsater 1999; Prosthechea vespa (Vell.) W.E. Higgins 1997; Prosthechea vespa subsp. triandra (Dod) Nir 2000Synonyms



I got this as a backbulb four years ago. It bloomed after two years and when I repotted I took another backbulb. There are ten flowers this year and I was thinking that the plant was not doing well. On closer reading of the reference material I find that the species puts out from five to fifteen flowers. The plant is doing fine.

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