Brilliant white cattleya!
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This is a discussion on EPICATTLEYA & BLC & OVALIS within the General Orchid Culture forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; Hi all..Well it opened at last.It was such a big pod.I would have to say ...
Hi all..Well it opened at last.It was such a big pod.I would have to say it's one of the best I have had.Stunning.Over 7"" across and highly scented.It was very sad when rescued and goes to show how hardy they are.Someone told me that with the frills and the little splash of purple it could be a blc mix.Here is a photo. The other little darling I was told is an epicattleya. It is so small and hard to photo that I included a shot of the little 3''pot.It also has never flowered.Any help or comments with either would be appreciated, or just marvel at them(like me).Also here's a photo of the ovalis.It grows as fast as a weed.Thanks John
Brilliant white cattleya!
Your tall skinny plant is an epidendrum, not an epicattleya. They are hardy guys that grow outdoor in the mild Southern California weather. Lovely white catt.
The cattleya looks like a BLC to me too, not an epicattleya. The fringe is there from the Brasavola (Rhyncolaelia) parent.
The second plant is a reed-stem epidendrum...nice
The last one is Coelogyne ovalis.
The second set may be an epicattleya or reed stem epidendrum. The two genera are so similar that it is like trying to differentiate between a cattleya and BLC: Without a proper tag, it is nearly impossible.
The only notable difference I can tell (from my own observation) is that most reed stem epidendrum flowers have lips that split off in three directions (Left, Down, and Right).
Epicattleya lips tend to stay in one piece.
Another confusing thing about epicattleyas is that the plant itself may have cattleya characteristics or epidendrum characteristics - I guess depending on who the pod parent was.
And to make things more fun, there were some orchids that were originally epidendrums that got shifted to the encyclia genus.
Ok my head hurts now...
I don't know the names, sorry.... But, WOW! nice beauties there. The last one is a knock-out! Love all of them, Thanks for sharing!
Hi again..Thank you very much for all the comments.To Diane,I have plenty of reed-stem epidendrums all over the property in about 6 different colours.They seem to have naturalised themselves all over Australia.Most country homes have them in abundance.I have photographed the epi?? with one of my epidendrums and was wondering if the size of the little one would make a difference.It is less than have the size of the little epid flower.Webfeet has some interesting observations which i hope you can clarify when you see the photo.I am sorry it's not clearer but the flower is tiny,tiny.
Webfeet here is a photo of one pot I have of the ovalis.I had 3 styrene broccoli boxes overgrown with this plant which have now been split up and sold/given away.It is very prolific,even outside under a shady tree.There is still one intact down the road if you would better shots of its habit.