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Mediocalcar umboiense

Discussion in 'Orchid Species' started by Andreas, Nov 14, 2013.

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  1. Andreas

    Andreas New Member

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    This little species is now bloming in my nanovivarium.

    This in Mediocalcar umboiense, a small species from the island of Umboi between New guinea and New britain. It's a species not that common in cultivation, i've had it since august this year(2013). It's growing mounted on a terra-cotta pipe, temperatures between 17-25 °C, and an RH of about 75-80%

    sorry for not being able to take better images, but my camera is't that good. The flower is about 7x7 mm so pollinating it was a bit tricky. på rör kopia.jpg nära kopia.jpg
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    What a gorgeous plant! It's incredibly healthy looking. Thank you for sharing the photos. Do you grow these in a tank? What conditions do they grow best in?
     
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    KellyW Orchid wonk Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Andreas, that is a beautiful plant. It has established very nicely since August. I like this genus but only have M. decoratum so far. Do you think it can handle temperatures above 25C?

    Your pictures are very nice, no need to apologize.
     
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    Julie, you can see my tank here on my flickr page =)

    KellyW, This genus in one of my favorite genera as well, although i only grow this species so far. I hope to get more species next year. As far as my understanding is, this species can handle a little warmer temperature then the rest of the genus but M,decoratum wants it cooler, probably max 20°C and cool nights. I think you can get away with warmer days as long as nights are cool. The temperatures given by me above is referring to the air temperature, the clay pipe itself is a few degrees cooler than the surrounding air so the roots are always kept cool and moist. I hope to try to grow more Mediocalcar species like this and then i will know if it works or if i just had luck with this one.
     
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    KellyW Orchid wonk Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Thanks, Andreas. My M. decoratum does very well for me in my intermediate conditions. My summer time highs get into the 90's F (32C+) at times and my winter lows are 55-60F (13-16C). Some people have trouble with it and claim that it should be grown wet but I grow mine on a hardwood stick along with Bulbophyllums and it shares a mount with Encyclia polybubon. Here is a link to a previous post of mine that shows it with the E. polybulbon. http://www.orchidsforum.com/threads/encyclia-polybulbon.11496/#post-83993
     
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    Wow nice specimen you have there. :D