Monday, May 9, 2011

Myrmecophila tibicinis 'H&R' x 'Jean'

I got this Myrmecophila tibicinis 'H&R' x 'Jean' in trade in September 2009 near the end of the growing season. I potted it in a large wood basket with large cork chunks as medium and placed it a bright, warm spot in Sonoma.

Myrmecophila tibicinis 'H&R' x 'Jean' - Plant photo by Richard LindbergMyrmecophila tibicinis grows from Mexico through northern South America. It is warm to hot growing, wants full sun and is fragrant. The plant is big and the spike can be as much as 15 feet long. The genus Myrmecophila contains 8 species that are a subset of Schomburgkia and were separated because of the hollow pseudobulbs. They are found in tropical areas of the new world.

I have been checking the plant weekly because I was interested in learning about this genus. Alas, nothing happened through the summer of 2010. In about August I added a thin top dressing of sphagnum moss. The theory was that not enough moisture was staying around the plant. Not much sphagnum, just enough to be like dead plant material falling in nature. A month later it sprouted but by then the growing season was ending.

Today I peeked and saw some lovely new roots growing on last fall's sprout. It is getting enough light, it has a nice purple blush. I would not be surprised to see a spike this year!


  1. If I'm not mistaken the hollow pseudobulbs are inhabited by ants in their natural environs.

  2. You are right about that. However, I am not interested in ants around my plants, so if I see any sign of them, out comes the strong stuff. Ants bring mealy bugs and aphids. I haven't had them in my greenhouse for years and I intend to keep it that way.