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I can't even ID the genera of this

Discussion in 'Orchid Identification Section' started by Ricardo, Mar 23, 2017.

  1. Ricardo

    Ricardo Slave of demanding bird

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    Some years back I was visiting the town of Mindo, in Ecuador. I have come to see a lek of Cock-of-the-Rock birds. I found this orchid on a road side. I haven't been able to get an ID. 679 (2).JPG
     
  2. Marni

    Marni Well-Known Member Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Maybe a Sarcoglottis?
     
  3. Marni

    Marni Well-Known Member Staff Member Supporting Member

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    I just sent it to a friend who might know. It really is a charming flower.
     
  4. Ricardo

    Ricardo Slave of demanding bird

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    A few weeks before my visit to Mindo, a fierce storm had passed through the town. The roadsides had piles of branches chock full of orchids. Sadly most of them were without flowers. Nevertheless I took dozens of photos of flowers. A number have eluded identification.
     
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    was it an epiphyte?
     
  6. Marni

    Marni Well-Known Member Staff Member Supporting Member

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    How big was the flower, was it an epiphyte, and do you have any other images of the flowers.
     
  7. Ricardo

    Ricardo Slave of demanding bird

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    Regretfully I didn't take any photo of the plant. Because the place where I found it was cluttered with fallen branches, I am not sure if it was an epiphyte or not. But probably it was growing on a fallen mossy log much like the one I am using as background for the inflorescence.
     
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    Ricardo Slave of demanding bird

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    I will see if I have any other photo.
     
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    How big were the flowers?
     
  10. tong tsu shi

    tong tsu shi my first word was Masdevallia

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    Very cool.
    I have no idea what it is.
    Was it a broken peace? If so did you try to resue it?
     
  11. Marni

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    If you find any more photos that would be great. Assuming that it is a terrestrial he thinks it is a Sarcoglottis or possibly a Pelexia. "Without being able to see the nectary it is hard to tell."
     
  12. Ricardo

    Ricardo Slave of demanding bird

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    Thanks, with those genera as guides, I can look the species to see what matches. The flowers were small, this is a close up. scarco.jpg
     
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    Do you have an idea of how long the spike was? or how long from the lowest flower to the top of the spike?
     
  14. Ricardo

    Ricardo Slave of demanding bird

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    I don't have a clue. That day I saw so many plants, while warily moving around with eyes peeled for any venomous snakes, tarantulas or scorpions hiding in the piles of broken branches, that my recall is hazy.
     
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    I'll let him know.
     
  16. tong tsu shi

    tong tsu shi my first word was Masdevallia

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    Snakes are awsome!!!
    So are spiders!
    Tarantulas are harmless.
    Scorpions are awful!
    I hate them.
    They hurt.
     
  17. tong tsu shi

    tong tsu shi my first word was Masdevallia

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    By rescue I mean try to grow it.
     
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    Ricardo - By some odd chance, could be sceptrodes, it would almost have to be in the Sarcoglottis family. Mine is in bloom now and resembles the photo you have posted.
     
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    Ricardo Slave of demanding bird

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    Rescuing it was not an option. I was on vacation and far from home.
     
  20. Ricardo

    Ricardo Slave of demanding bird

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    The closest match yet seems to be Hapalorchis, perhaps lineatus. However lack of photos of this species don't help.