11-30-2015, 06:37 AM
If you ask me, that freak 'Tarnok' pitcher suggests that the plant was introgressed with flava at some point in it's past history. That's a x moorei pitcher if I ever saw one.
11-30-2015, 10:38 AM
I would suspect to see something amiss in the flower though if so, but they're exactly the same as any other Tarnok. Definitely weird, and the fenestrations are pretty light. Could just be the effect of not having a dormancy for 20+ years as well as being under glass that whole length of time. Who knows.
Originally Posted by Cthulhu138
11-30-2015, 10:56 AM
I wasn't referring to that individual plant but rather the clone itself. That pitcher is showing some heavy flava influence.
12-03-2015, 03:16 AM
That Bical is awesome! How cold does the greenhouse get in winter?
12-03-2015, 08:57 AM
I have the controls set to 75F lows, but since the collection is housed in our older (built in 70s), leakier, and less well-insulated houses, I usually expect the lows to range anywhere from 65F to 55F (on the coldest nights). They are also heated the old-fashioned way, with a giant boiler that pumps heated water through piping in the greenhouses. This generates a nice, humid atmosphere and is one of the reasons I am able to get good growth from everything year-round. Were it gas heat, which is newer but much drier, I would begin losing the aerial roots on the orchids as well as a lot of the pitchering potential from the Nepenthes.
Last edited by theplantman; 12-03-2015 at 08:58 AM.
12-04-2015, 03:25 AM
Thanks! My small GH had a low last year of 39 with one heater, but it was 28 outside! This year I have a second heater, but I'll keep the Bical inside in a terrarium until I'm sure.
01-05-2016, 02:35 PM
Tolumnia Red Berry something-or-other
Oncidium alliance, can't remember, photographed as an afterthought
Cattleya, NOID. I've nicknamed him the flamethrower though.
...really heats up winter, right?
it's currently Phalaenopsis season. This white one ($1 on clearance) is my favorite. He has glued himself to the wall, 2ft away. His roots look like a spider web. He ain't-a-goin nowhere.
Swapped for this last year, forgot to check the tag, but what a killer plant. First bloom!
Tolumnia 'Genting Volcano' is my guess.... I can't remember the cultivar, but that's what tags are for. Up to 275 orchids now I think.
Probably one of my favorite orchids of all time: Den. spectabile, the Octopus Flower. I saw this desiccated plant on clearance and scooped it up. 2 years invested in it, and it blooms like a mother. What a plant. I am in love. It smells like roses. Can you imagine being the first to discover this plant
The nerdery is just pouring out of me. What a plant!!
Platystele stenostachya. Tiny, cute, bright neon orange. Paul B. takes far, far better photos of this than I.
And now, for a change of pace:
Ceratostema silvicola, one of the neotropical Ericads (i.e. BLUEBERRIES!). That's right, a gorgeous, shiny, neon-colored, nectar-loaded, hummingbird-pollinated :***** out:: But seriously, this is among the rarest of rare plants. You couldn't find a single place to buy this guy. Seed-grown, first bloom. I have been fighting hard to make this group of plants a major part of the collection.
It only gets bigger and better in the years to come. When I saw this plant, watering over the holidays, I thought that it'd given me a christmas present. What a treat--it's only 2 years old!! I believe that's a record.
SG N. Wolfplant x (thorelii x aristolochioides)
'Red Leopard', a big personal fave. It's so tubby.
D. aliciae direct from the greenhouse of Mr. Barden.
01-05-2016, 03:23 PM
Your job must be so tedious, Kevin LOL!
Platystele stenostachya is the most profoundly photo-defying orchid I have ever met. It makes Lepanthopsis astrophora look like Cattleya warscewiczii in comparison!
02-05-2016, 10:40 PM
Oh my god! What a beautiful collection of plants. I wish my university or even a nearby university had a such a collection. Thanks for posting so many drool worthy photos!
02-24-2016, 01:22 PM
Exactly why I intended to get one to you, so you could work your magic behind the lens.
Originally Posted by Whimgrinder
Without further ado, I present some of the pre-spring botanical goodness of the teaching collection.
S. flava var. maxima, F1 plant from Francis Marion NF, Berkeley Co., SC. This batch has produced some stunning clones! This plant's siblings are now conserved in 3 university collections, 2 nonprofit collections, and almost a dozen private ones.
An example pitcher, sibling to the previous flower photo. Note the highly rolled hood edges.
First-ever blooms on Ping gigantea!!!!!!!!!!
Like how the light fell
Now for orchids:
A very much less-than-ideal photo of SLC Jewel Box 'Dark Waters' AM/AOS
AND it smells lovely!!
Laelia rubescens (thanks for the ID, @gnathaniel!)
Epidendrum radicans from the late Dave Johnston, of Jewell Orchids
One of the grad students dropped off a nice Phal for the collection