it's beginning to sound like the Orchidioides complex might be para or polyphyletic....beautiful plants Ron!
I'm curious about several things (off the top of my head):
- why was U. geminiloba included in Iperua instead of Orchidioides (I think it's the only one in Iperua w/ tubers)?
- what kept U. tricolor & U. longifolia out of section Orchidioides (or at least out of Iperua)?
looking at the 'original' Orchidioides species vs Iperua it seems that the majority of the Orchidoides seem to be closer to epiphytes or lithophytes vs Iperua terrestrial/semi aquatic..... I do not completely buy the fertile offspring concept. Look at orchids as a whole. Inter generic hybrids that are fertile. Maybe doesn't work so well for plants as it does for animals
True Bugs really Suck
I was wondering if something similar was tried by fellow growers here with success:
@gill: works for some, not for all. for those is the former Ipurea complex, im sure that will work fine...maybe even for a few of the true orchidioides complex, but there are those that look as if made to grow epiphytically such as jamesoniana and campbelliana which may not do as well.
~shudders~ My skin began to crawl at the sight of that snake.
Does anyone else ever get mildew on their utrics? Alot of mine have it and I cant get rid of it, can anyone help me? Also on a side note I was reading that some were having troubles with U. praetermissa. I think people were keeping it to wet, from my experiances with it I've noticed it likes being on the dry side.
I've done some experimenting (as it is in my nature). My experiences w/ U. reniformis media mirrors Sebulon's (& other's I've read). They prefer peat in the mix. Otoh, I've had better growth with pure live LFS in net pots than with any other media - for the larger non-Iperua Orchidioides. For the smaller ones, I'm playing with treefern plaques.
Overall, i'm very happy with the netpots & LFS for the big tuber-forming utrics. Dialing in conditions for U. nelumbifolia, U. humboldtii & U. reniformis continues to be a work-in-progress. While there is some success, I definitely believe I have a ways to go - moisture levels - in & out of dormancy will probably always challenge me ...