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Epidendrum centropetalum syn Oerstedella centradenia

Discussion in 'Orchid Species' started by Marni, Mar 18, 2014.

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  1. Marni

    Marni Well-Known Member Staff Member Supporting Member

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    A favorite species of mine and a very fun plant. I grow it with my cattleyas now, intermediate, bright, dry for several days between waterings. This plant is about 3.5 ft from top to bottom and is growing in medium bark in a 5" plastic basket.

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    So beautiful, and WOW what a plant!
     
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    KellyW Orchid wonk Staff Member Supporting Member

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    That is an amazing specimen, Marni. I didn't realize that they got that large. Is this a seasonal or frequent bloomer?
     
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    Marni Well-Known Member Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Kelly, this blooms from about late January until early April. I have another clone that is mounted that I just cut back because it was getting larger than this. If you leave the keikis they produce more keikis. My first specimen of this was a potted and staked up to make a 3 ft tower. I finally took all of the keikis apart and planted in a shallow planter. The picture below was in a 9" planter in the mid 90's. A couple years later it was about twice the size and then was almost dead because I took the advice of John Atwood (reputed at the time to be the expert on Costa Rican orchids). The lesson I took from that is you can't always trust an expert to know what he is talking about.

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    KellyW Orchid wonk Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Wow, that is beautiful. Thank you for the reply.
     
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    gg68 Angraecoid addict

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    Wow, gorgeous!!!!:clap:

    The correct name for this orchid is now Epidendrum centropetalum!!;)
     
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    Marni Well-Known Member Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Gilles, I looked it up on Epidendra before posting as I have seen it as Epidendrum, but they list Oerstedella. I'll look into it more.
     
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    With just a bit of digging I can confirm that Gilles is right. Thanks!
     
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    Wow again!
     
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    Love the color.
     
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    @Marni Thank you very much for such a beautifull specimen of oerstedella. If I understand you correctly, you DID NOT cut off the keikis. I just wandered what would happen if you do?
    I love this lovely little guy and don't want to loose him, so I am searching a bit all over the web for some ansewrs, yet I don't find much. Could you bee so kind and tell me how you coltivate it?
    Thank you for your time
    Melanie
     
  12. Marni

    Marni Well-Known Member Staff Member Supporting Member

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    It is personal preference whether you take the keikis off or not. It won't really make a difference to the health of the plant. I have grown this cool but it will do well in intermediate conditions. You can grow it potted or mounted. Moderate to moderately bright light. Regular dilute fertilizer.