Wilsonara (Don Bivin ‘Challenger’ x Bouley Bay ‘Galaxy’)

Bivin052117.JPGI purchased this Wilsonara (Don Bivin ‘Challenger’ x Bouley Bay ‘Galaxy’) from the Tiny Jungle at their open house on Saturday, May 20, 2017.  It is a very large plant with 10+ pseudobulbs and two 4′ inflorences that are just beginning to bloom.  I really liked the color of the flowers, as it is a muted yellow rather than a fully saturated yellow.

The plant will have to be divided, as it is growing out of the pot.  But I will wait for it to go out of bloom first.

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Stelis Pilosa

Stelis052117.JPGI purchased this Stelis Pilosa from the Tiny Jungle at their open house on Saturday, May 20, 2017.  It is a small mounted plant that is currently in bloom.  It is a species orchid native to Costa Rica and Panama, and grows at altitudes from 900 to 1800 meters.  It is a warm grower that needs full shade.  It is currently mounted on a wood slab with a mound of sphagnum moss, and has two inflorences in bloom.

I’ll keep it in the shady part of the solarium for now.

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Odontoglossum Roy Wittwer x Splendidum

Wittwer052117.JPGI acquired this Odontoglossum Roy Wittwer x Splendidum from Bob Hamilton on my visit to his greenhouse on May 7, 2017.  This is one of the seedlings that Bob gave me, and it should be an interesting plant.  Odontoglossum Roy Wittwer is a maroon and white patterned flower, while Odontoglossum Splendidum is a largely-white flower with purple markings.  I believe Bob stated that Splendidum is a very good parent, taking the colors of its mate.  Thus this should be a maroon and white patterned flower.

I’ll have to wait until next spring to see…

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Symphyglossum sangulnea x Odontoglossum Excellens

Symph052117.JPGI acquired this Symphyglossum sangulnea x Odontoglossum Excellens from Bob Hamilton on my visit to his greenhouse on May 7, 2017.  This is one of the seedlings that Bob gave me, and it should be an interesting plant.  Symphyglossum sangulnea is a small to medium sized, cold to warm growing, epiphytic species from Ecuador and northwestern Peru that grows in wet forests at altitudes of 1200 to 2500 meters.  It blooms in the late fall/early spring with an inflorence that can be as much as 4′ long.  Odontoglossum Excellens is a star shaped Odont with a yellow background and maroon markings on the petals and sepals.

It will be interesting to see what comes of this cross.


Pictures of the two parents are shown below:

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Odontoglossum (Pescalo x Nicky Strauss) ‘Apollo’

Pescalo052117.JPGI acquired this Odontoglossum (Pescalo x Nicky Strauss) ‘Apollo’ from Bob Hamilton on my visit to his greenhouse on May 7, 2017.  It was a division of a much larger plant.  It has two mature pseudobulbs and one new growth.

Odontoglossum pescalo has largely white petals and sepals, with a purple/white lip.  Hopefully Nicky Strauss will add maroon coloring to the petals and sepals.  We’ll see.

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Odontoglossom (Mt. Diablo x Micky Strauss)

Nicky052117.JPGI acquired this Odontoglossom (Mt. Diablo x Micky Strauss) from Bob Hamilton on my visit to his greenhouse on May 7, 2017.  This was a division of a much larger plant. and looks to be very healthy.

 

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Paphiopedilum Philippinense is in bloom

Philippinense.JPGI purchased this Paphiopedilum Philippinense from Paph Paradise at the Sacramento Orchid Society Show and Exposition that was held on April 8th and 9th.  When I purchased it, one could barely see a spike coming, but now it is well developed, and has three flowers, and at least two more in bud.  This is a picture of the first fully opened flower, showing the long tails on the petals.

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