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Pleurothallis cardiothallis

This is a discussion on Pleurothallis cardiothallis within the Orchids of Other Genera IN BLOOM forums, part of the Orchid Photography category; I don't normally go for these tiny things but I like this one because the ...

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    Default Pleurothallis cardiothallis

    I don't normally go for these tiny things but I like this one because the plant is so different-looking. The blooms are only about 1/4 inch across. That's one of them open on the left, and on the growths facing forward, you can see the sheaths inside of which the buds form. These are native to Central America and Mexico.
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    neat. how about a flower close up?

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    This is a flower closeup I took a while back. Wish I could say it was fragrant or something--I'm really only growing this one for the foliage, but if you're into the small, species things, the flowers do look pretty cool....
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    I like it. IMO the tiny ones are the most spectacular.

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    So what would you call those green things behind the sheaths? They're not leaves (I don't think.)

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    Thanks, Forrest!

    The long green things, heart-shaped at the top, are the leaves. The sheaths are the light brown nubbies growing from where the curves of the leaf meet at the center--the leaf's axil, where the leaf and stem join.
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    Ok, I think I'm starting to get it (nice diagramming, by the way). The upright leaves look different from the floppy leaves. That was my confusion. Do they flop after blooming?

    What a totally weird puppy. Weird is cool - thanks for sharing!

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    They start to flop as they age. The leaves at the bottom of the pic that aren't heart-shaped are the oldest (and floppiest). They don't have sheaths because the plant at the time wasn't mature enough yet to bloom.

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    that is really neat! on to my wish list it goes!

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    That's a nice one. Pleuros might not be spectacular, but they are just plain fun.

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