Friday, March 26, 2010

Maxillaria grayi

Maxillaria grayi - Flower photo by Richard LindbergMaxillaria grayi - Plant photo by Richard LindbergA part of my 15 minutes of fame is my picture of Maxillaria grayi in OrchidSpecies.com. And that has an asterisk beside it, they are not sure I got the identification correct.

Maxillaria grayi grows in Ecuador at the base of limestone cliffs at about 3000 feet. It is warm to hot growing and wants low light.

Whatever it is, it is in bloom right now. It is part of the grandiflora complex, and I do not do well with them. They have suffered with the dryer conditions in the greenhouse over the past two winters. I am definitely not getting any more plants of that group. I can't sell them because of the poor condition and large size. I may have to find somebody local who has better conditions for them than I do.

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