Archive | December 2012

Physothallis cyllindrica

This one likes a dribble of water once or twice a week, but isn’t too insistent on it.  I’d say light levels are moderate to high for windowsill conditions.  Like most other things you’d find in the pleuro section, it likes humidity.  The leaves are paddle-like, and thick.  It’s a seriously reliable bloomer for me.  It keikis off of old leaves, and every newly mature one spurts out a spike.  The spike blooms from the bottom up, in succession, but it’s rare to see more than 4-6 blooms per spike open at once.

It started out this year with four spikes, then five, then six, then seven.  Obviously, it’s happy right where I have it.


Epc. Lime Sherbert x B. Little Stars

I was expecting this to be scented at night (or in the dark) like its Brassavola parents, which it is, but it also smells throughout the morning.  The scent is a little citrus-y, like lemon lime, not cloyingly sweet like Little Stars.

Mediocalcar decoratum

I’ve had this for several years.  It’s sprawling all over a plank that’s approximately 9″x7″.  Although it would probably do fine outdoors over the summer, in the shade, I keep it indoors in the garden window.  It’s a faithful bloomer, blooming in late fall to early winter, with tiny candy corn flowers appearing on the surface, and hidden among the leaves.  Inasmuch as roots form from along the creeping rhizome, it’s easy to take cuttings (aka divisions) for mounting or potting.

Restrepia xanthophthalma

This particular Restrepia is fairly similar to striata, but the leaves are a little bigger, more upright, and pointier.  Seems to be pretty bulletproof, as far as orchids go.  Low to moderate light, and it’s pretty forgiving about water.  Although the flowers can come out on the top side of a leaf, they generally emerge from the underside.  The entire plant, pot and all, is only about 7″ tall.  Like striata, the flowers only last a few days, and don’t have any real seasonality.

Tuberolabium quisumbingii

This miniature has a very strong floral scent, rather like Trichoglottis brachiata, or irises.  The flowers are a nifty glistening white with fuchsia markings.  Only two of the three spikes are blooming at the moment.  If the third one behaves the way the other two did, it’ll do nothing for a couple of months, then suddenly pump out buds and bloom in short order.  It does well hanging in the garden window, mounted on a tree fern slab.  I seem to be able to get away with only watering it maybe twice a week, even though it’s mounted.  The tree fern probably holds water longer than burlap over plastic tubing, or cork.