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    Quote Originally Posted by SWAGnum View Post
    NoID Orchid is Coelogyne cristata, or a hybrid involving it. I'm surprised to see such a nice one in GA, this is a definite "highland-ultrahighland" orchid. I never noticed that one back at UGA.
    The NOID was referring to the red one, but I've since gotten a good tip that it might be an SLC. The C. cristata grows quite easily with little effort. I pretty much voluntarily appropriated the entire orchid collection because most of it was rotting and we were down to ~20 plants. Now we're up over 100. I had to step in because my favorite ones, Bulbophyllum lobbii and Vanda tricolor, started dying.

    And now..... a walk through ancient earth!

    Psilotum nudum, Whisk Fern (fern ally). One of the most primitive vascular plants, and barely a step up from bryophytes. Lacks roots, makes neat spore cases.

    When the greenhouse gets dirty, we turn him upside down and use him as a broom.

    Rabbit's foot fern, Davallia feejeensis

    The most giant fern ever, so giant in fact that's it's known as THE Giant Fern, Angiopteris evecta



    My favorite cycad, Encephalartos horridus. One of the first tasks I was asked to do at this job was to prune him. It hurt. A lot.




    Cyathea cooperi


    Gnetum gnemon, believe it or not a gymnosperm! http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gnetum

    Cycad rearing area, where babies grow up to become..... slightly larger slow-growing babies!

    Ceratozamia female cone scale.

    female Ceratozamia cone. I think the hexagon thing looks beautiful.

    Cycas wadei

    Zamia furfuracea (ignore the mealybugs)

    Probably an Asplenium, but as of now a NOID. Chime in if you know!

    Cycas revoluta

    Microsorum musifolium, Crocodile Fern

    Under the fronds is a site for sor-i....... sorry. Plant nerd humor.

    Platycerium bifurcatum

    Lygodium japonicum, the only genus of vining ferns, coming out.

    Caterpillar fern, Polypodium formosanum

    Adiantum capillus-veneris

    Selaginella uncinata mat

    Asplenium nidus

    Dioon edule

    MOSS!


    Moss mushroom!

    This moss is all actually in a research area where we're growing trees for biofuel and cell wall research. The individual trees have been around so long that I've been able to cultivate this epically sexy green crust. The moss is so spectacular in this room that now the biology labs come in to learn about bryophytes there.

    Everybody's got moss! Up close, they look like miniature golf courses. Not to mention killer bonsais!

    Phlebodium NOID, perhaps a cultivar of aureum? We have aureum and it's 3x the size of this little guy.

    Love how blue he is

    NEED ID ON THIS. I have a gut feeling it's another species than bifurcatum.

    Platycerium bifurcatum
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    love that moss! tons of humidity in there to encourage the growth that much?

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    is this at uga?

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    U. longifolia, from Dean Cook
    U. calycifida 'Asenath Waite' from Chris Semk, also U. reniformis from Dean Cook
    Flower
    Ceph seedling from John Brittnacher, 2 years old, my apologies for the out-of-focus stuff

    Phalaenopsis Corona 'Lemon Bomb' from Judy Picciotto. And yes, it smells like fresh lemons or pine-sol.
    Laelia purpurata var. werkhauserii 'Blue Sky' from Tony Whittaker. Currently my favorite orchid (of the month)


    NOID Vanda from friends at SBG (if you have any idea, I'm all ears!)
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    The coerulea form of Laelia purpurata var. werkhauserii is truly astonishing - one of the most beautiful of the Cattleya alliance. Wonderful.

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    Whoa, how'd I miss all your nice moss? Nice Moss!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Whimgrinder View Post
    The coerulea form of Laelia purpurata var. werkhauserii is truly astonishing - one of the most beautiful of the Cattleya alliance. Wonderful.
    Our taste in plants is quite similar. That Laelia is mesmerizing.
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    Whoa, how'd I miss all your nice moss? Nice Moss!!!
    Thanks--the moss is 100% accidental but over the years I've convinced the researchers to let the moss be. I call them Mosshrooms! That was ~5 years ago, and now they're actually studied for bryophyte classes. The actual, intended project in that room involves cell wall research on poplar trees. Recently led to a very lucrative patent.

    The trick to that moss: I bump the temperature control down very low in that room so that the cooling pads run all the time. Cool and humid (think Pacific Northwest) year-round, even here in GA. The trees dry out very fast, and that humidity not only buys me some time watering them, but keeps the moss lush!
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    Orchids are going strong!

    Pomatocalpa spicata

    Dendrophylax funalis, the Ghost Orchid genus

    Den. hercoglossum

    Coelogyne x Burfordiense, the Black-Lipped Orchid, the largest orchid in the collection. It stuns me every year!


    Aerides odorata

    NOID Laelia

    Vanda denisoniana

    Dioscorea sylvatica, making its way up the hangers of two Lecanopteris, from Randy Story

    Begonia luxurians (Thanks Randy!). I literally cannot wait to prank undergrads with the leaf shape.

    Disterigma rimbachii (Thanks Chris!)

    Justicia carnea

    Begonia 'Mr. Karutz'

    CPs in the next installment....
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