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Maxillaria acicularis

This is a discussion on Maxillaria acicularis within the Orchids of Other Genera IN BLOOM forums, part of the Orchid Photography category; A Brazilian species with wonderful fragrance. It has taken me years to get this to ...

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    A Brazilian species with wonderful fragrance. It has taken me years to get this to bloom. I kept increasing the light until I finally got it correct. It was purchased from J&L and was mis tagged. It was the only one they had and I was aware it was not what the tag said. I knew it was one that wasn't in my collection and only ID'ed it with forum help last year.


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    I love the soft blush on the lip! Very nice and unusual.

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    It's hard to comprehend the flower shape... Do you have another photo? I do like the colors.

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    Diane, this one is difficult to photograph for it does not have a spike to talk of. The leaf base has a brown papery sheath and the flower arises from the leaf base without a significant spike.I did not get a side view but I am posting a pic of a related species...Maxillaria pachyphylla has the same type of structure but holds it's flower a bit higher.

    Max pachyphylla...side view

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    Okay - I understand a lot better now. It seems it would be really easy to miss the blooms on these guys unless they are very long lasting or very fragrant.

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    they are long lasting and very fragrant...I wonder what fertilizes them??? They are a good size for a bee to get in and their fragrance is sweet...I am betting on bee pollination.

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    Sweet! I rather like the pinky colour and great fragrance is always a nice bonus.

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    unusual and lovely!

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