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Barkeria whartoniana

Discussion in 'Orchid Species' started by Marni, Apr 10, 2010.

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  1. Marni

    Marni Well-Known Member Staff Member Supporting Member

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    I just checked IOSPE to check the spelling on this and see that it is listed as found in hot, dry, forest at 200 to 300 meters. Good thing I didn't look when I got the plant.;)

    I grow this with warm, wet summer days and a cold, dry winter next to most of the Barkeria species I have. It blooms for a long period of time. The longest of the spikes is 14" now.
    bark.whart.1fl.jpg bark.wharton.3fl.jpg bark.wharton.plant.jpg
     
  2. Karen

    Karen Species nut

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    That's lovely. I went on a search for this & got a couple of wimpy seedlings.
    I hope they grow up to look this good!
    Andy has it in the warm house with the Schomburgkias.
     
  3. Pook

    Pook Disneyed

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    Very nice!!
     
  4. Armando

    Armando Hobbyist gone wild

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    WOW!!
     
  5. Marni

    Marni Well-Known Member Staff Member Supporting Member

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    I'm still hoping to find pollen from another plant so I don't end up with wimpy seedlings too.
     
  6. Jon

    Jon Mmmm... bulbophyllum...

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    Holy crap.
     
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    xmpraedicta Prairie angraecoid nut Supporting Member

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    Marni this is so marvelous. How do you keep yours from crawling away? I have some barkeria (spectabilis, melanocaulon) mounted and all the new growths are growing further and further away. Is this in a basket?
     
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    very nice !!
     
  9. Marni

    Marni Well-Known Member Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Calvin, it is mounted on cork and just holds on by old roots from several years ago. I don't think the new roots are attached at all. B. uniflora seems to cling to the mount, but all of the others I grow move up and away from the mount and as the plants get bigger some just fall of under the weight. If you want to put it in a basket, don't put in any media. A friend grows some species in empty terra cotta pots and they do very well that way too.
     
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    Forrest Really Neat

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    nicely bloomed Marni.
     
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    Marni, is it normal for Barkeria to not shed all the leaves despite a dry winter?
     
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    Marni Well-Known Member Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Gordon, most of them do drop their leaves. Some may keep them for a year, but this is the only one that I know of that has them persist for many years.
     
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    Interesting, Marni. My B. melanocaulon has retained its leaves wintertime. Maybe i should check whether or not it is a whartoniana really. The last flowers have croaked now, so i shall need to wait a wee while.
    According to IOSPE melanocaulon flowers in the summer, but whartoniana in the winter-spring. Mine flowered in the winter, so maybe...
     
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    Marni Well-Known Member Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Gordon, how long did your flowers last?
     
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    Quite a long time, several weeks. I'm pretty sure the flowers at the base of the inflorescence opened first, then gradually higher up. All were open at the same time later on. It was a FBS (i think its 3 plants on one mount), and one spike had 4 flowers, one had about 8, and one got broken off....

    I notice that your plants apical flowers opened first.
     
  16. Marni

    Marni Well-Known Member Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Be sure to take a picture next year.