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Your Tiny Orchids

This is a discussion on Your Tiny Orchids within the Orchids of Other Genera IN BLOOM forums, part of the Orchid Photography category; Two different forms in flower in my greenhouse earlier this year. It has a slightly ...

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    Default Here's another tiny species - Bulbo frostii

    Two different forms in flower in my greenhouse earlier this year. It has a slightly strange growing habit ; nothing happens for ever, and then suddenly it starts a bulb and flowers all in a few weeks. Seems to be very similar to one grown under a name rather like bootinensis (?)which I have seen in use in The Netherlands, but that seems to be based on the Dutch word for shoe - which the flower does resemble, so not sure if it was just a nursery-mans quick thinking to pout a name to the plant which had lost its proper label.
    really well grown I suppose it could have four or five on the umbel, althougnh I usually get three, and just occasionally four.
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    Really lovely, Geoff! They really do look like small, ladies slippers, don't they!? Betty :-)

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    Really nice bulbo. The close up shots really bring out the color and details. I like this one. Congrats Geoff.

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    Particularly like that first one, Geoff!

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    Default Maybe I'm cheating with this one ? Macradenia sp.

    The bulbs, like match-sticks are as much as 1.75 inch, maybe even 2 inch . If the leaves stand up straight like soldiers at attention, they can be almost 5 inches, but mostly they spread sideways, so that the plant gets in under the bar at 4 inches ( like that dancing thing they used to do in the Caribbean islands ? Where they kept lowering the bar, and the dancers had to keep dancing whilst they ducked below ? Limbo dancing, was it ? )
    The flowers are really beautiful but beiug small - maybe an inch across, max, need close attention to appreciate. The camera is a real boon here. My foliage is a bit poor this year , or to be mor precise, my foliage this year is super - deep green, and bigger leaves than before , it's the last few years leaves which are going mottled yellow and horrible . A big repot coming up, and needful too, I think.
    I also have the type species, i.e. M.brassavolae but not var albiflora. This has bulbs and leaves almoist twice the size, flowers darker and less beautiful, and it is a much shyer flowerer - for me. Assuming that both plants are correctly labelled, if I were a taxonomist I'd be inclined to say they were different species, not species and variety ( or maybe albiflora should be ranked as a sub-species - but now I'm getting lost on the finer points of taxonomy). I'm a grower, not a taxonomist,so I'll say no more.
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    oh, lovely this macradenia!

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    Lovely flowers!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dorsetman View Post
    Seems to be very similar to one grown under a name rather like bootinensis (?)which I have seen in use in The Netherlands, but that seems to be based on the Dutch word for shoe - which the flower does resemble, so not sure if it was just a nursery-mans quick thinking to pout a name to the plant which had lost its proper label.
    It appears that Bulb. bootanoides is considered a synonym for Bulb. frostii (from Vietnam), and bootanoides refers to a resemblance to Bulb. bootanense (from Bhutan to Myanmar), and bootanense means from Bhutan.

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    Thank you all for keeping this thread going strong.

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