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Saccolabium quisumbingii - a little sweetie

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    Default Saccolabium quisumbingii - a little sweetie

    I wonder how many growers know this little sweetie ? Flowers less than 1/2 inch across , but usually two spikes, often three, sometimes twice a year , and on a sunny morning, they can fill my ( fairly large - 35 foot long) greenhouse with perfume.
    The perhaps strange name ( it is to English ears, anyway ! ) comes from the name of the Spanish (?) Consul - Baron Quisumbing , in Manila (?) in the days when new orchids were being discovered all over the world by collectors sent out by the "great" English orchid firms. In particular Sanders Orchids. The Baron is said to have been very helpful in enabling the collectors to get to the other islands in the Phillipines - I guess there were no commercial ferries back then - about 1870 or thereabouts - thus enabling Vanda sanderiana ( amongst other lovely things) to be discovered and stripped away from the wild. I have mixed feelings about that. I'm so glad to have these lovely orchids in my collection - just wish they were still there in the wild, to go and see- too... but you can't have it both ways ( an old English Proverb). Anyway, the Baron got to have this sweetie named after him.
    Its vaguely vandaceous, leafspan about 6 inches, grows in a hanging basket, previously in fine bark, now in moss in an attempt to get new growths as well as flowers. Most of these vandaceous smaller things will do that, if you are very clever , or if you are told how to do it ( can anyone tell me in this case ? I'd love to know !
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    I love it. And from the Phillippines, I bet it tolerates warmth reasonably well. I think I might just need one of these!

    Kathi

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    a nice and interesting story, thank you. And beautiful pictures.
    P.

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    I like the little things...highly scented is a bonus for me. I have a plant in bloom out back on the porch that is smelling wonderful. I like the perfumey plants now...

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    Too cute and very beautiful! thanks for posting as I had never seen or heard of this!

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    Adorable! I love it.

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    it looks much like tuberolabium quisumbingii, i wonder if it's the same specie

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    Quote Originally Posted by boyong View Post
    it looks much like tuberolabium quisumbingii, i wonder if it's the same specie
    Boy, its a synonym of Tuberolabium quisumbingii from what I gather at IOSPE.
    Anyways was able to reacquire another one of these since the first one i've got
    i've lost to the harsh summer.... now I've got better conditions for them,
    fingers crossed they'll make it.

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    nicely grown geoff!
    this species is still out there in the wild. i also found it horrible how they collected orchids in the older days, especially e.sanderiana. thousands of trees were chopped down coz of that, and only a small percentage of collected plants survived those long trips back to europe.

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    Very cute. I think it's now classified as a Tuberolabium. Many Saccolabium have been reclassified.

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