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Another one bites the dust ...*SIGH*

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    I hate to break it to you, but Ornithocephalus has a life span... they eventually die, maybe 3-5 years in cultivation, at least from what I have seen in the past... good luck growing,

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mahon View Post
    I hate to break it to you, but Ornithocephalus has a life span... they eventually die, maybe 3-5 years in cultivation, at least from what I have seen in the past... good luck growing,

    -Pat
    Hi Pat,

    Is this true of other ones as well? That would be a list I would want to know about. Is it because this plant needs some type of fungus around its roots that in cultivation we cannot reproduce unlike the light, water, and fert?

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    Thanks for the sympathy, folks.

    Hadn't heard about ethylene causing leaf drop before, Julie. Interesting since w/ bromeliads ethylene gas can induce flowering. I did get a bunch of apples recently but as they are not right next to the terr I'd be surprised if that was the cause ... but who knows?

    As for age, I don't think it very old. Bruce, generally short lived ones -- if you're lucky will send out keikis before dying off. Psygmorchis pusilla is one of those that only lives for 3-5 years then dies. Too bad too because it is a cutie.

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    I think it is quite unknown why the plants have a life span in and out of cultivation... I find this to be true with Ornithocephalus and Psygmorchis (just for the Oncidiinae), and Telipogon and Fernandezia (which can be prolonged in cultivation longer with proper care)... Epidendrum magnoliae, a South-Eastern US native, and Central American native, also has a life span, though much longer.

    I am unsure about all species of Ornithocephalus, but the more common species, Orni. inflexus and Orni. gladiatus, are definitely governed by a life span... I was able to keep my single Ornithocephalus for 5 years... unfortunately, it just randomly drops its leaves (which were still green!)... kinda like suicide to me...

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    Hope it comes back!

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