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Schoenorchis scolopendria

Discussion in 'Orchid Species' started by Marni, May 26, 2012.

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  1. Marni

    Marni Well-Known Member Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Recently described, this is related to Schoenorchis fragrans. The foliage is distinctive. The flowers are about 4mm wide.

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    Nice to see the identification! I have this one and I think Andy's was calling it S. pygmaea.
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  3. Marni

    Marni Well-Known Member Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Hi Pete. The first ones into the country that I saw were also called pygmea. It isn't listed on Kew yet, but Leonid Averyanov says it has been published recently. This is the first one I have bloomed.
     
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    A very cute Vietnamese species.
     
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    Reyna Orchid Obsessed Supporting Member

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    Oh, very nice! I love the variety in plant growth for this genus.
     
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    Very cool growth habit, I love how it's creeping all over the mount.
     
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    Marni Well-Known Member Staff Member Supporting Member

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    It is progressing. The plant is going around the back of the mount and starting to crawl on top of itself.

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    very cute
     
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    KellyW Orchid wonk Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Beautiful plant, Marni. This is a wonderful species. I have been surprised at how long the blooms last. I have also been surprised at how fast it grows, relative to its size.
     
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    I agree Kelly. It is also notable that 3 out of 4 flowers I pollinated are setting capsules. My batting average on other schoenorchis is low to zero. I've tried over 30 attempts on Schoenorchis buddleiflora with nothing to show for it!
     
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    It looks great!

    Is it more temperature tolerant than S. fragrans? TIA
     
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    Marni Well-Known Member Staff Member Supporting Member

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    I have them growing together. I've only grown the schoenorchis in the intermediate house and found that it had more to do with watering than anything else.
     
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    Thanks, Marni. I always try to keep my S. fragrans much drier than my other Schoenorchis species, however I still have problem with S. fragrans in the winter time. I lost another S. fragrans this winter, thank goodness, it is still cheap and readily available.
     
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    Ray Orchid Iconoclast Supporting Member

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    Hi Marni, can you expand on that, please?
     
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    Ray Orchid Iconoclast Supporting Member

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    Marni?
     
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    Marni Well-Known Member Staff Member Supporting Member

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    They need to dry quickly and stay dry for a few days between watering.
     
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    Ray Orchid Iconoclast Supporting Member

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    Thanks!
     
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    Really incredible plant, Marni, narrowly my favorite of this excellent genus (Tom's buddleiflora is a close runner-up). I've also killed a couple of fragrans, I guess I overwatered them but they went from thriving to dead so fast that I was never quite sure.
     
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    I just picked one of these up at Orchids in the Park from Andy's.

    I've been doing all right with a Sns. fragrans and seidenfadenii, but have been watering them daily. The discussion on this thread makes me concerned that I may be overwatering. :(
     
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    KellyW Orchid wonk Staff Member Supporting Member

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    It will depend on your conditions and how it is mounted. I water daily in the summer but my conditions in that part of the greenhouse are warm, sunny and good air movement. I also struggle to keep my humidity decent in the summer heat. I have a tiny sprig of moss that I use primarily to shade the roots more than to hold moisture (which is probably not necessary). The main thing is to let it dry very well between watering. I hope others describe their conditions for this species.