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Ida ariasii

Discussion in 'Orchid Species' started by Marni, May 31, 2010.

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  1. Marni

    Marni Well-Known Member Staff Member Supporting Member

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    I waited too long to photograph this, so the flowers are a bit past their prime. The flowers are not quite 2" wide and have a nice fragrance. The plant is under 20" now, but may get a bit larger, still small for a Lycaste. I think it is properly now Sudamerilycaste ariasii, but I'm just not ready for that.
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  2. Uluwehi

    Uluwehi angraecoids, dendrobiums and more Supporting Member

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    Wow, what a lovely species! I like the pale parallel venation.
     
  3. Kitty

    Kitty AKA\Debby

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    very nice Marni :clap:
     
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    still beautiful!
     
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    Marni, I just acquired this species, how do you grow it? it comes from a pretty high elevation but some growers list it as an intermediate species. My plant is pretty weak so I want to provide the most optimal environment.
     
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    Wonderful! It looks like something fragrant or am I wrong?
     
  7. Marni

    Marni Well-Known Member Staff Member Supporting Member

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    I haven't had this in a long time, but as I remember I grew it in my cool house (50-80F) in a terrestrial mix. I think it would be good in a fine bark mix as well.

    I would recommend spraying the leaves with a good anti-transpirant such as VaporGard. That will keep it from loosing too much moisture from the leaves before the roots are growing. You may have to re-spray it after a month when it wears off. Keep it in a relatively small pot to start so it doesn't stay really wet. Good luck!
     
  8. Marni

    Marni Well-Known Member Staff Member Supporting Member

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    I don't remember a fragrance and ISOPE doesn't list it as fragrant.