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Diaphananthe lorifolia

Discussion in 'Orchid Species' started by W. Malewa, Aug 12, 2022.

  1. W. Malewa

    W. Malewa Active Member

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    Some species grow rather apart in conducive environments and others very concentrated, Diaphananthe lorifolia belongs to the latter, as shown in the below photo from nature.
    D lorifolia colony.jpg
    Maybe an explanation for the colony growing is that the first flowers of the 'mother' plant are very close to the tree trunk and seeds are not carried far away by air movement because of the protection of the tree trunk and its own leaves. For a Diaphananthe it has a rather strong scent, not sweet but also not unpleasant, and mostly during the evening (night).

    The below photos are from the garden growing.
    D lorifolia f.JPG
    D lorifolia detail.JPG
    And even some seedlings below. That was initially not expected as we are located about 150 meters higher than its earlier growing range.
    D lorifolia seedlings plus.JPG
     
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  2. Marni

    Marni Well-Known Member Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Great post and a new species to me!
     
  3. J E

    J E Jaime Escobedo

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    Great to see in situ posts showing interspecies ecology, especially different populations and stages of development.