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Dinema polybulbon 'Andromeda'

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    Default Dinema polybulbon 'Andromeda'

    A division of the 'Andromeda' clone which won a CCM a year or so ago:



    Natural Habitat

    This diminutive epiphyte (and occasional lithophyte) was first discovered in Jamaica by Charles Horsfall, who sent it to the Liverpool Botanic Gardens. It has since proven to be a common orchid in Jamaica, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico and Cuba where it grows in oak forests or mixed wet forests, at altitudes of 600 to 3200 meters. One report I've read indicates plants are found commonly growing in dense mats on fence posts in their native lands.

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    The plant itself is a very rambling affair, consisting of small, lima-bean sized bulbs very distantly spaced on a narrow rhizome. It is a very fast-grower and can form impressive, albeit small, specimens. Joe Linger recently won a CCM/AOS for his 'Andromeda' clone with 245 flowers and one bud. Leaves are typically borne in pairs, with flowers arising from the axils between the leaves. Flowering is most often in winter, but sporadically throughout the rest of the year. The flowers are quite large for the plant itself, from .75 to 1 inch (1.5 to 2.5 cm) in diameter, and are sweetly fragrant. EE's own Rich Unger describes the fragrance as "...a light but pervasive typical Encyclia sandalwood type that tends toward the sweet side like amber...". Others describe the fragrance as similar to cloves.

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    Potting/mounting: this plant is best grown on a mount to accommodate its rambling nature.

    Light: medium to medium-bright (2000-3000 fc). I grow mine in the upper reaches of my orchid aquarium, about 3-4 inches below two 24", 20-watt fluorescent tubes.

    Humidity: 60 to 70%

    Watering: frequently - every day to every 2-3 days

    Temperature: cool to warm (with as wide an altitude range as it has, it should acclimate almost anywhere)

    Fertilizer: lightly on a more frequent schedule to prevent burning of the thin roots.

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    I grow mine in the upper reaches of my orchid aquarium, about 3-4 inches below two 24", 20-watt fluorescent tubes.
    Prem, thanks so much for saying that. The quality of that plant just goes to show what kinds of results you can get with fluorescents, even for plants that need the medium-bright light levels. Much appreciated.

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    well, I didn't win the CCM on it...Joe Linger from Connecticutt(?) got that...mine is just a wee bairn of about 30-40 growths now (it started as six). Of course, when I got the div, the leaves were a very deep green...all the new growths are a much lighter green (I'm assuming because the light they are getting is brighter).

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    very sweet! I just woke up (hey I worked a 24 hour shift yesterday) and came here. When I saw this as a thread I got excited. I love this little guy and it has a wonderful fragrance. Im jealous yours is in bloom already. I cant wait till mine is!

    Thanks!

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    Forrest, I've never managed to catch mine in the act of fragration...did you get a piece of Joe's 'Andromeda' as well? If so, what time of day have you observed it to have a scent?

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    Prem. I dont have a piece of Joes plant. I got mine a while back, it is about the size of a dinner plate, maybe a smidge smaller.

    The fragrance if I remember correctly was pretty much there about 24 hours with it being the strongest early evening. Perhaps it kncocked off after dark. My recollection on this is a tad foggy. It sure is a great fragrance though.

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    I've never managed to catch mine in the act of fragration
    You make it sound so dirty, prem.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PAGrower
    You make it sound so dirty, prem.
    LOL!

    Prem,
    That is a beautiful bloom. Thanks for always sharing such great information with your post. I learn something everytime you post and I appreciate it!

    Cheers!
    Brutal_Dreamer

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    very nice...... love the small flowers

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    GREAT POST! just got one of these, not the same variety, but cannot wait to get it growing and flowering.

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