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Off to a new orchid nursery today - a species, maybe?

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    Default Off to a new orchid nursery today - a species, maybe?

    I'm taking my mom (also an orchid addict) with me to a local nursery that specializes in providing for the individual enthusiast. They have a number of species as well as hybrids - and from talking to them, seem as if they've got the genetics down on everything they sell.

    I am thinking about 4 things: 1) I'd like something white in my collection; 2) I'd like something that flowers late summer into fall; 3) Now my catt's done, I'm wanting some fragrance again; and 4) I fell in love with a species phal sumatriana at the orchid conservatory yesterday - gorgeous scent! Note that I didn't say I thought I could find all 4 in the same plant; in fact, the phal sumatriana is most definitely not only not white, but is patterned as well.

    Anyway, VERY unlikely I'll come home empty-handed - but if anyone can think of a summer-flowering, fragrant (I'm partial to jasmine) white species, I'd like to try my hand at venturing outside of the hybrid world. Of course, I'll ask for, and follow, any advice I get from the nursery growers, so it will be exciting to see what they come up with. I'll post my new treasures later on.

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    You might check out some of the Angraecums. Many are white, fragrant, and some are summer bloomers. This online orchid encyclopedia might be useful: Jay's Internet Orchid Species Photo Encyclopedia Anc-Az

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    Quote Originally Posted by pavel View Post
    You might check out some of the Angraecums. Many are white, fragrant, and some are summer bloomers. This online orchid encyclopedia might be useful: Jay's Internet Orchid Species Photo Encyclopedia Anc-Az

    Hi! As per your suggestion, I did pick up two small angraecums - both "Angraecum didieri" with one in bloom and the other just beginning to emerge. They are quite charming and , as they are the first species orchids I try my hand at, I hope I can keep them happy. I am attaching a couple of pics - they really are VERY small.
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    Be sure to give them plenty of bright light. I bet you will love these!!

    Cheers,
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    Hi folks - Had a blast at the orchid nursery and felt very restrained only to have returned with 8 plants. One is a giant white phal with a touch of yellow in the center - a hybrid, I guess, and NOID, and so it goes. The second is a stunning den-phal of some sort - dark pink pinestripes alternating with a line of same-colored small dots, all against a white background with a touch of green in it - again NOID. Another is a cymbidium "Golden Elf" Sundust - hoping to get it to spike soon. Another is a triple intergeneric called Banfieldara Gilded Tower "Thai Gold" - this one has a long spike with buds but no blooms yet, and to tell the truth, it found its way into my collecting tray without my realizing until I got home. Not sure I'm going to like this one. I also acquired 2 small angraecums "angraecum didieri" - I love them - and my first attempt with a species. Finally, the last was one of many lovely identical orchids, with delicate white and lavender blooms on a very slender spike, as well as a sweet fragrance and again, no id anywhere at all. I'm posting some pics as I assume many of you will know exactly what it is and I have reached my limit on researching this thing. So, here goes - I can't wait to find out what this is!
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    I think it looks like Miltassia Estralita 'Sweet Senorita'...just bought one today as well. Yours looks just like the one sitting on my bar....

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    THANKS! I think you're exactly right. Does yours have a light, pretty fragrance, too?

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