Monday, August 31, 2009

Myoxanthus lonchophyllus

Myoxanthus lonchophyllus - Flower photo by Richard LindbergMyoxanthus lonchophyllus - Plant photo by Richard LindbergAbout a year ago, the family of an orchid grower who had died brought a couple of tables full of plants to the SFOS to give away. I got a specimen Dendrobium kingianum. When the meeting was over there were only a few plants left. They either had no tag or were terrible looking. The plant that this Myoxanthus lonchophyllus is a division of was one of the worst looking of those.

Myoxanthus lonchophyllus grows in mountain rain forests in Brazil above 3000 feet. It is cool to warm growing and should be fed and watered all year. It blooms at any time of the year.

I cleaned it up and made 6 divisions. Then I spread them around the greenhouse to get a sense of the best microclimate for the species. Of those, 2 have died and this one is just barely hanging on. It has grown only one new leaf in a year. But it is blooming.

Today the high temperature will be 79 degrees so I have cleared my schedule to work the full day in the greenhouse. I will find the other three divisions and see which is doing best.

Maxillaria tenuifolia - Flower photo by Richard Lindberg•   •   •   •   •   •   •   •   •   •

The poll is running strongly toward breaking the Maxillaria tenuifolia into pieces to go into 4-inch baskets. I will do that and list the first one in about 3 weeks. Thank you for participating.

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