Friday, August 13, 2010

Another mystery orchid

I divided this plant without making sure that all the divisions are tagged. Now I find that none of them is identified. To make matters worse, this is one of the yet-to-be-cataloged plants. There are not many, but this is one of them.

Can you help me? Here is what I remember.

This is a species from Africa, possibly west Africa (not sure about that). The flowers are small and are like a small bottle brush from the top of the pseudobulb. It has not bloomed for me so I don't have a picture.

I have had it about four years and have tried different environments. It likes the wet environments best. It seems to do about the same and grows well in different light levels if wet. I started it at a high light level and after a couple of years moved it to lower. This year I divided it and spread the divisions around to try to find a good spot.

I am still hoping one of them will bloom sometime this year. Ideas, anyone? Both pictures have enlarged roll-overs.


  1. Eria is the wrong part of the world, but I can see the resemblance. One problem is it is hard to find good plant pictures.

  2. The bottlebrush orchid is from Australia, Den smilliae.