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Oncidium serpens and Cyrtochilum carderi

This is a discussion on Oncidium serpens and Cyrtochilum carderi within the Genus Specific forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; I am growing these plants and can not find flowering details on either of them ...

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    Thumbs up Oncidium serpens and Cyrtochilum carderi

    I am growing these plants and can not find flowering details on either of them ie:what time of year.wheather they flower on new/maturing/mature growths,flower color and spike size.
    I have looked them up in my reference books and on the internet,all with no luck.
    Both plants are growing very well

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    These are both tough ones to track, so it's no surprise you're having trouble.

    Onc. serpens doesn't actually exist. There's no Oncydium species named "serpens." However, within the Oncydium alliance, which includes related genera, there is an Otoglossum serpens (ie, Otglss. serpens.) That's the only related genus with a species named "serpens" registered with the American Orchid Society (AOS). While there's little on this particular species, the culture of the genus looks to be consistent and you can read more here: http://www.orchidspecies.com/indexor.htm.

    Cyrtochilum (Cyr) appears to have been once considered part of the genus, Oncidium. It seems to have now been placed by some in its own genus, Cyrtochilum. The AOS lists carderi as an Onc. species, yet I find no specific culture info for it. One vendor listed carderi as a Cyr. species, but with no additional info. Jay's encyclopedia gives Cyr. cultivation info, but doesn't list the species: http://www.orchidspecies.com/indexco.htm.

    I hope this helps! Good luck!

    Julie

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    I use that site all the time Julie.
    Its great

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    Hi Orchid-Man! I forgot to ask how close to town you live - are you in the Auckland suburbs? I've been to NZ a couple of times and I LOVED it. Really nice people, except they drive on the wrong side of the road

    Especially like the Bay of Islands and the geothermal fields (you really can feel the power), the Glow Worms, the Fjords and Queenstown. And watching the crazy people bungie jump off the bridge over the Shotover.

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    hi Diane
    I live in, Henderson,one of the western suburbs ,about 15km from the city its self.
    New Zeland really is a strange country due to close proximity of so many natural beauty.like the geothermal fields ,which are about 3hour drive south of me,to the Bay of Islands which is about 3 hours in the other.And then when you go to the South Island,well,from Christchurch within a 2hour drive you can be in some of the best ski fields or in hot mineral pools.I have never bungie jumped and never will. Just to let you know,my orchids have stopped me going even more crazy,as last June I had a major fall at work and Im still not back at work yet,and have been told that my trade is now longer a sustanable occupation for me.

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    Oh, dear. Sorry to hear about your fall. Is there some program to help you get back to work in a suitable job?? Gotta feed those 'chids!

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    now that the internet is back up and running.
    Yes there is a program for my return to work,my next assments will be in May when I finish the prorgam that Im on now.Yeah .My fall was 8m onto concrete.2 compresson fractures plus 1 fracture of the spine .left wrist!!!!! broken-bones and ligements and also dented bones.I now have to live with 2 wires and a metal plate in the wrist and nowhere full movement.They removed 3 wires back in Septemberand it wasnt until Janurary that I could lift a 3liter plastic bottle of milk.
    Im bored and its only the orchids and my son that has kept me reasonably sane

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    Hi Orchid-Man,

    First, good avatar! The other one was a bit too hyper for me!

    Sorry about your accident! I know what you mean about the orchids, though. I had both knees replaced a year ago Feb, and having all the wonderful blooms during my recovery was a huge emotional lift.

    Welcome to the forum!

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    That pic was taken on the 19th of september last year.
    The plant is Den.speciousum 'Grandiflorum'

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