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Discussion in 'Orchid Species' started by mrbreeze, Mar 23, 2011.
You may know it as filicornu.
The shape of the lip is strange, insn't it?? In the same way, petals and sepal are too round for filicornu...don't you think it can be an other Neaobathiea, as N. spatulata for example...??
Ooh, I like that.
Giles, I don't know...I've never even thought about it until now. It is the only member of the genus I've had until recently. I'll have to do some checking in the books.
Awesome! I have killed two of these
I think Neobathiea grandidieriana is the right name.
The picture in ''Field Guide to the Orchids of Madagascar'' looks very similar.
After checking Jay's site, etc., I think it is correctly ID'd. Might not match exactly in all ways but the other possibilities seem way too different to me.
We have the same book, but we don't see the same thing...
The grandidierina's lip is really acute (p303 photo 42.1), and the sepals and petals are spatulate at the tip!!
On the photo shown by Mr Breeze, the lip is not acute at all and petals and sepals more round at the tip than acute!!
In my opinion it could be N.spathulata or N. keraudreana (p303 photo 42.2)!!
There may well be two different species coming in to cultivation via Malala under the name filicornu (now known as grandidierana). Botanica Ltd. brought an exhilarating blooming specimen to POE, where it won a number of awards. Bill of Botanica told me that this specimen is different from most of the others that have come in from Malala. I think Gilles may be on to something here, that what Botanica and Mr. Breeze have may be a different species than grandidierana.
Here are four photos of the magnificent specimen they brought to the show: 1 2 3 4. Compare these with this.
After reading the descriptions for Neobathiea grandidierana, keraudrenae, and spatulata I am fairly certain that this is N. keraudrenae which is described as having spatulate sepals and petals with an entire lip that is slightly cordate at its base. In contrast, N. grandidierana's sepals and petals are lanceolate and acute with an ovate-lanceolate entire lip (with a subcordate base). N. spatulata is out of the question because it has a three-lobed lip.
Mr.B., perhaps you might want to measure your plant and compare it to the descriptions for the two species in Stewart's masterpiece. oke:
A Neobathia by any other name is still incredible! Nicely done!