Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Anacheilium chimborazoense

Anacheilium chimborazoense - Flower photo by Richard LindbergAnacheilium chimborazoense - Flower photo by Richard LindbergLast July I divided my collection plant. It had outgrown its mount. It had been mounted on a hardwood branch which had lasted quite a long time but now was rotting.

Anacheilium chimborazoense grows from Panama to Ecuador and Venezuela. It is cool to warm growing and is very fragrant. Since it grows at the top of trees, give it bright light. It can bloom any time of year but blooms in early summer in my greenhouse.

Anacheilium chimborazoense - Flower photo by Richard LindbergI ended up with four divisions. There were two larger pieces that included leads. I mounted them right away. You mount with the lead toward the surface of the mount.

This plant is one of the pieces without a lead. I couldn't mount it right away because I didn't know which direction it would grow. I also didn't know the best medium for getting the new leads going. I put one in sphagnum and one in rock.

It doesn't seem to make much difference. Both have sprouted and are ready to be mounted. I could do it now, but I am busy with the greenhouse cleanup and insulation upgrade and I need material for the presentations I am giving at the SCOS spring show and sale.

2 comments:

  1. Thought you'd find this interesting on the BBC:
    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/8391540.stm

    Cheers,
    Karen

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  2. Thanks, that was interesting. Orchids are very well adapted to their pollinators and they are often very specific. They have a whole range of tactics to attract insects.

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