Saturday, August 8, 2009

Anacheilium radiatum in bloom

Anacheilium radiatum - Flower photo by Richard LindbergAnacheilium radiatum - Plant photo by Richard LindbergAnacheilium radiatum grows in Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras and Belize to Costa Rica, possibly northern South America. It grows in varied type forests of tropial evergreen, mixed pine and oak. This warm to cool growing species does well mounted, or in a wire basket with wood chips. It is very fragrant.

I have had this mounted Anacheilium radiatum for 5 years and it has bloomed every year. It has a label which calls in "fragrans" and it is not.

Anacheilium fragrans - Flower photo by Richard LindbergI'm not sure how the vendor got these mixed up since they are nothing alike. It sure confused me. This plant mixup was my first clue that it is a good idea to verify plant labels as much as possible. I have found two vendors who are less than rigorous about their labels and I have stopped buying from them.

I am going to take this plant apart. It has grown completely around the log and then some. The picture shows a nice blooming, but 2/3 of the plant is backbulbs. Since the plant is in a new growth cycle, it will be soon. Any flowers will be cut off of course. The plant will need all its energy to re-establish itself.

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