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Cycnodes Wine Delight

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    Aptly named in terms of their color, these spike on growths that look like palm leaves. Part of the Catacetum family, these plants have flowers whose pollinia are "spring-loaded." When a bee touches a special trigger, the pollen mass is forcefully ejected onto the bee's back, where it sticks by means of a clear, syrupy glue that keeps it in just the right position for fertilization of the next flower. If you touch the trigger, the pollen can be shot several feet. The flower on the left has had its pollinia ejected--you can see it laying on the lip. I love the scent of these--like ripe cherries or cherry-flavored candy, especially early in the day. The plants are deciduous; here, the bulbs stay bare from about late November to mid-March, at which point the next growth begins to poke up through the medium. (The white junk on the leaves is Daconil residue, by the way...)
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    love that dark rich color! i guess playing with the pollinia ejection mechanism is as addictive as poking the venus flytrap?

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    Beautiful blooms & most intriguing.

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    playing with the pollinia ejection mechanism is as addictive as poking the venus flytrap?
    LOL! Is it ever. Too bad it's only a one-shot deal....

    --Thanks uncasteeb

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    Maybe this is a question, but are they related to Cymbidium's? Their flowers remind me of a Cherry Cola cymb. I have seen.

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    Does this plant by chance, have an overpowering "cough syrup" aroma??? I saw a similar plant in a greenhouse recently that was extremely overpowering!!!

    Where can plants like these be had?

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    Traci, being in a different subtribe, they're only distantly related to cymbidiums. However, they're both in the same tribe (Cymbinieae) and in the same subfamily (Vandoideae). Don't know if that answered it--but they're at least closer than Stanhopeas and Cattleyas are to each other....

    Slipperhead, yes, if you've had that cherry-flavored cough syrup or life-savers candy, they smell very much like that. As far as where you can get one, I'll sell you this one if you're interested, just let me know.

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    Love it Louis!! Like a fine wine!

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    That is fantastic! Do you have these for sale?

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