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Jumellea sagittata

This is a discussion on Jumellea sagittata within the Orchids of Other Genera IN BLOOM forums, part of the Orchid Photography category; Originally Posted by bdb22 I just looked into the book from Stewart, Hermanns and Campbell. ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by bdb22 View Post
    I just looked into the book from Stewart, Hermanns and Campbell. Most propably my plant is a Jumellea gladiator. The species-complex of arachnantha, gladiator and J. phalaenophora is often confused. The inflorescens of arachnantha should be 25-30 cm long, which is not the case regarding my plant.
    Aha , I had not thought of looking there. I have it in my library. Mind, having looked, I am confused . See Page 171 - J.sagittata -leaves...25-30cm long. Then Page 169 talking about J.gladiator..."often confused with sagittata but seems to be rather smaller than all the others" - yet, in the same description, "leaves...45-70cm long " I really don't see how leaves that big can follow with a comment about smaller !
    I know Joyce Stewart but can't/won't ask her for advice - I was very cross with her at the World Orchid Conference at Dijon, and told her that she was ducking her responsibilities, and only at Dijon on a joy-ride at the expense of registrants, and she didn't take kindly to my criticism...
    I also know Johan Hermans slightly - I have met him at RHS Committees when I was putting plants up for awards - I will write to him about my sagittata and the book , to see if I can clear up any confusion about one of our plants !. I'll let you know if I get anywhere.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ron-NY View Post
    it doesn't seem to get more than 5-6 flowers but the flowers last a long time and the fragrance makes up for it. I have not seen one bloom at this time of the year. The one in the greenhouse is a summer bloomer. It is grown in brighter end of low light, all year: kept on the moister side
    I have just been studying my plant in conjunction with the book Angraecoid orchids - see elsewhere in this thread - and have it on my desk a yard from my nose;its night time , there is a circle of light from my reading lamp and computer screen, otherwise the room is dark, and half the plant is in the dark . The fragrance is really getting to me ; its realy lovely. I had not been aware of it in the greenhouse.
    I suppose white flowers- Madagascan and similar places orchid - means night pollinated, so is bound to be fragrant at night ; maybe only at night, since producing that fragrance is very energy consumptive.
    Its curious the way one learns things.

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    And I spent an hour with the book, and the plant , a measuring tape, and a few other reference books, and I'm sure mine is J.sagittata. And what a lovely fragrance it has, now its night, and under my nose too.

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    My plant is always blooming at begining to mid of March and has a strong fragrance either. I'll have to try to determine my plant, I'm curious which species it really is.

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    Phil - you have the book, if you take it slowly like I did, and go through the species, you should be able to get there !
    BTW When I found my little plant, I discovered its not arachnanthe at all, it is gracillipes. Looking at Jay again, for this one, I see the Eric Hunt photo - superb. I can't wait for my plant to get from its present 4 inch (10cm) leaf span, to a 10 inch pot full of several growths, just like the Eric Hunt plant.
    With good culture, no slip-up , should manage it for my 100th birthday, I reckon, and I'll be 79 in a few weeks. Not long to wait.....

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