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Megalotus bifidus, philippines

This is a discussion on Megalotus bifidus, philippines within the Orchids of Other Genera IN BLOOM forums, part of the Orchid Photography category; hi folks, here is my absolute pinoy pride! a few months ago i posted it ...

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    Default Megalotus bifidus, philippines

    hi folks,

    here is my absolute pinoy pride!
    a few months ago i posted it as no id and all the time we (me and nelson) thought it was a pteroceras. the foliage is totally identical to it, but then it started to spike, which took 2 months, and i was going through hundreds of pix during my research and nothing matched. finally a bloom opened, it takes a couple of weeks for 1 bud, but i was lost again coz this plant is hardly documented.
    while going through endemic species starting with letter "A" i hit the jackpot at letter "M", a small pix on google was all i needed.

    anyway, i love this unique "snake like" labellum and colors. the bloom lasts about 2 weeks and there are around 30 buds on it. another thing i found interesting, is those buds, which look to me like "screaming heads" trying to burst through, a horror show, lol.
    it is slightly fragrant early morning, unlike described on IOSPE.

    so here it is, the only genus and species,

    megalotus bifidus 1972, "bifid" meaning split in 2.
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    here is the whole plant and a closeup from the side.
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    Looks like the "little mermaid" to me! You sure did a great job researching it! Now you get to enjoy the pretty blooms!

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    Very cute flower and pretty color.
    Congrats on being a good orchid detective and going through part of the alphabet to identify it!
    The lip looks like a snake's tongue to me.

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    Great photos! The labellum is awesome.

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    Very cool. I love the way the spike hangs down and the flowers are like little mouths coming off of it. Kind of alien-like. Neat labellum!

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    I've been asking for Jim Cootes' book in all the bookshops I have been to, but to no avail.

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    That is very cool. I was expecting some huge flower with a name like "megalotus", but I like the petite beauty. Very nice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sadie View Post
    That is very cool. I was expecting some huge flower with a name like "megalotus", but I like the petite beauty. Very nice.
    yes, its a bit misleading the word "mega", but i think it refers to the thick fleshy leaves.

    cheers

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    Quote Originally Posted by ntgerald View Post
    I've been asking for Jim Cootes' book in all the bookshops I have been to, but to no avail.
    i also tried VISCA, but nobody knows, grrrr.

    btw,
    you posted this plant some 2 years ago, after i painfully researched i saw it here in the forum!
    funny thing is, your pix never came up on google, not the flickr nor the forum ones?

    cheers

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