Friday, July 17, 2009

Myrmecophila tibicinis 'H&R' x 'Jean'

Myrmecophila tibicinis 'H&R' x 'Jean' - Plant photo by Richard LindbergThe genus Myrmecophila contains 8 species that are a subset of Schomburgkia and were separated because of the hollow pseudobulbs. They are found in tropical areas of the new world.

Myrmecophila tibicinis grows from Mexico through northern South America. It is warm to hot growing, wants full sun and is fragrant. The plant is big and the spike can be as much as 15 feet long.

I just got this nice division in the mail as part of a trade. There are no live roots but the pseudobulbs, particularly the youngest, are hydrated and there are two eyes that are set to activate. I am sure that there will be no problem getting it started.

Active eye at the base of the yougest pseudobulbI cannot always see an eye at the base of every pseudobulb but there are multiple potential eyes there. That's why backbulb culture works.

In the normal development of the plant it starts new growth from the newest pseudobulb and that eye develops when the pseudobulb matures. It looks like a little tab and can easily be broken off, so handle pseudobulbs carefully.

I am glad that I have the Sonoma greenhouse. The Napa greenhouse is too small. There is plenty of room for the plant in sonoma, even a 15-foot spike, and the light is quite bright.

Reference material mentions that the plant does better mounted because it doesn't like to have the roots disturbed. That is the kind of detail I have learned to pick up on. I have some large cork pieces to place it on.

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