Saturday, November 14, 2009

Anacheilium garcianum

Anacheilium garcianum - Flower photo by Richard LindbergAnacheilium garcianum - Plant photo by Richard LindbergI keep claiming that I don't want to expend my collection but it seems to be happening anyway. I seem to be powerless over orchids and my greenhouse is unmanageable.

The genus Anacheilium (Ahl) contains 59 species growing from Mexico through northern South America. These are the cockleshell orchids. They were separated from Encyclia for technical reasons.

Anacheilium garcianum grows in Venezuela in the high cloud forest. It is small, cool to warm growing and quite fragrant.

I bought this plant at the member sale table at the SCOS meeting Tuesday night. This is one of the species I have previously killed and I thought I could do better this time. This is a very health plant with two sheaths formed so my first step is to bloom it. The flower picture is from the plant I killed.

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