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    I was sent a pinch of U. monathos and I am now seeing two stalks. I was told that this is a form of U. dichotoma. Does anybody know?

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    Depends on who you ask. Taylor classifies this as a species in its own right but a majority of others say it is just a sub form of dichotoma.

    One thing I would like to note is that there are a number of bogus monathos floating around. The key trait in identifying monathos is that the flower stalks are very short, only an inch or two off the ground. They also tend to only put out a single bloom per stalk but that is not an absolute (and dichotoma is known to put out one bloom though it is mostly known for 2, hence di-).

    If the stalks on your plant get tall then please re-label it as dichotoma and inform the person you got it from of the mistake as well. I am trying my 4th supposed monathos now and to be truthful it gets old having to change labels
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    Thanks Travis, will do. So far one stalk is emerging and the other is ~6".

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    Theres also one other thing, U.monathos is hardy while U.dichotoma is not
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    Quote Originally Posted by [b
    Quote[/b] (Starman @ Aug. 24 2005,2:38)]Theres also one other thing, U.monathos is hardy while U.dichotoma is not
    That is not entirely true. I have, on numerous occasions, exopsed almost all of my terrestrials to below freezing temperatures, even getting as low as -10. None of my dichotoma clones suffered any ill effects.
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    6"? That's not U. monanthos
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    Having seen both U. dichotoma and U. monanthos growing in the wild on many occasions, I feel comfortable in naming U. monanthos merely a variety of U. dichotoma. As far as I am concerned, U. dichotoma var. monanthos is merely an alpine form of U. dichotoma with short flowerscapes as an adaptation to cope with cold winds and to keep close to the warmer substrate.

    To say that U. dichotoma is not hardy and will not cope with cold temps is incorrect as recently some friends found a form of U. dichotoma growing well above the snowline, several hundred metres higher up the mountain than what U. dichotoma var. monanthos was. Many other forms will also grow cool. Actually, I have found that most forms grow better with a coldish winter.

    Jim, as Travis has said, if your plant has 6 inch flowerscapes it is not U. dichotoma var. monanthos.

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    How may I safely refer to it?

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