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Trichoglottis brachiata - cultivation advice

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    Default Trichoglottis brachiata - cultivation advice

    I am preparing a talk on vandaceous orchids - something of a review ; I am including a lot I grow and flower, and a few I have started to grow since I started to specialise here, but which I have not yet flowered ( there are of courser ,far too many plants i want to illustrate and talk about for the 1 hour I shall get in my Orchid Society meeting! ).
    This species - T brachiata - I grow - and it looks good, but it is too soon to say " it's not flowering" as I have only had it months not years. It looks just like a Renanthera ( say storei or phillipensis ). Some advice I find on the internet says moderate shade... a search also revealed advice from Zain and others here in relation to another Tricho - not brachiata - , suggesting vanda light ( which I take to mean strap-leaved). Now which would be right for this particular species, I wonder - and would the advice be the same for others in the genus which are only on my wish list so far ?

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    Geoff...Mine is in spike at the moment. I grow it along side my strap vandas and growing in about 40% shade till around noon. I have it in a vanda basket and it is growing up a tree fern totem. It really likes water.
    I'll post pictures in a day or two

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    Well I learned something new today. Your post led me to look at cultural information on OrchidWiz, which indicates 2000-3000 fc, and then goes on to equivocate about the advice provided by growers. So, since this is a native of the Philippines I took a look at Jim Cootes' book. It was there I found the new part. The valid name for this species is atropurpurea, and brachiata or philippinensis var. brachiata are both synonyms; philippinensis is a separate species.

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    my plant is labeled Trichoglottis philippinensis var. brachiata

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    And that's what I've thought for nearly 40 years, but Kew says no.

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    so, how should I label it Michael?

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    If it were mine, and there were room, I would add atropurpurea to the label. Most people are familiar with philippinense var. brachiata.

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    Cathy I totally agree with Michael you need to change to Tricoglottis atropurpurea instead of Tri. philip. var brachiata.

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    I'm adding a new tag...thanks for the info!!

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    I had it before, but the crown rot killed it. Oh, I did not kill it.

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