Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Lanium avicula

Lanium avicula - Flower photo by Richard LindbergI had not heard of the genus Lanium (Lanm) before I saw a basket of Lanium avicula on the member sale table. It was in bloom and had lots of leads and was reasonably priced. What made me decide to buy it was the way in which the spike of open flowers looked like a flock of birds.

Lanium avicula - Flower photo by Richard LindbergLanium avicula grows in Brazil, Bolivia and Peru in the wet mountain forest above 1500 feet. It blooms spring and fall and needs more light and less water after blooming.

Naturally, I divided it right away. I put the leads in various micro-climates and left the backbulbs in the original basket. The most successful was in small baskets at the very top of the greenhouse. I have a few pieces still in pots, so my orchid to-do list is headed by the task of finding all the divisions and re-potting into baskets so they can have the full growth cycle potted that way.

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