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Epidendrum amphistomum: SECOND BLOOMING

This is a discussion on Epidendrum amphistomum: SECOND BLOOMING within the Cattleyas, Vandas, Dendrobiums IN BLOOM forums, part of the Orchid Photography category; It only took a little while until Epidendrum amphistomum re-bloomed. But something very strange happened ...

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    Default Epidendrum amphistomum: SECOND BLOOMING

    It only took a little while until Epidendrum amphistomum re-bloomed. But something very strange happened this time: the flowers are a different color than previous blooming from last month. Even stranger: they originate from the same inflorescence!

    The only explanation for this occurrence is the lack of light. It was originally growing in moderate amounts of light, but during blooming and afterwards, it was being grown in very shady conditions. Perhaps this lack of light reflects the lack of color in the flowers. The only way to check this explanation is to bloom it again in the shade.

    Here are the before and after pictures:

    BEFORE (March 13th, 2007) Petals and sepals are orange/brown, with a yellow labellum

    AFTER (April 26th, 2007) Entire flower is green

    Flower close-up:


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    Nice....that is an interesting color change...and you've given me hope that the spike I (accidently of course) snapped off one of my epi's last week might be reborn!!!

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    That is so strange! Well, from what I can remember from my hort classes, I think you're absolutely right in attributing the lack of flower color to the absence of sunlight. So, I'm thinking its a combination of two things: 1. Lack of sunlight usually tends to turn plant leaves dark glossy green as they struggle to photosynthesize, so this could possibly in turn create green-colored blooms, and 2. Lack of sun prevents the plant from having enough energy to produce the pigments, and the result is green blooms. Its very interesting, anyways! I've always been fascinated by light's ability to completely dominate the quality of blooms on orchids. Let us know what happens if you do decide to rebloom in the shade- I'd be very interested to know if you're able to replicate those green blooms!! Thanks for sharing!!

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    I think it might be more informative to rebloom in a well lit environment.

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    How interesting! By the way, that close up picture is really lovely!

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