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Jumellea sagittata

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    I'm not happy with this plant , and am hoping for suggestions as to how to improve it - although I should say that it was until quite recently grown on a low light bench and has ( since the flowers started) been moved to a high light position.
    The problem of course is the dearth of flowers. Just two this year. Two inches across, but the plant is 29 inch from leaf-tip to leaf-tip. Two side growths now developing , which I intend to leave on and hope that several growths will get to flowering size.
    The best it has ever done I think is half a dozen flowers. I raised it from a mini-flask, many years ago , and now wonder why I ever bothered !
    The only other plant I have ever seen in the flesh was one a similar size at The London Orchid Show a year or two ago , and I don't think that had many more than half a dozen flowers. Maybe that's all it ever does ?
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    It has a really strange shape, but it is nice. Sounds like a challenge to grow. I wonder if Thomas or someone here has experience growing and blooming this one?

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    Shame about the paucity of blooms. You did a nice job capturing its crystalline texture.

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    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
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    I have a similar Jumellea species in my collection. It's arachnantha and it makes every year more flowers than the year ago.
    Here a picture from this year:


    I have it in my cooler bedroom, eastside windows. I have it now in a pot with 20 cm diameter and I fertilize it quite often during the growing period.

    Actually I'm not sure if we don't have the same species. It's quite difficult to distinguish them.

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    I should be very happy if mine flowered like this !

    I also have to say that my collection went on a downward path , as far as culture was concerned for a few years from about 2004 onwards, and has been on an improving basis perhaps since 2008 - for reasons which I won't bore you with. And when a plant gets a bit out of condition it can take a long time to fully recover.So maybe mine will improve,,,

    but its good to see that it can be worthwhile.

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    This is a species that I always looking for the fragrant and rarity in my collection. In Malaysia very difficult to get it although I got Jumellea comorense ( free flowering) but this one the plant very unique like paphio, my friends got one exactly like this I'm bargaining to sell to me he told me cannot very expensive, nothing much that I can do just watching with drooling of my saliva. Phill , Geoff beautiful specimens thanks for sharing it.

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    I have just been looking at The Orchid Species Encyclopaedia ( Jay's) on the 'net, and it sems that arachnanthe has rather longer flower stems - twice as long as sagitatta. But the flowers look the same in the picture.

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    I'm happy to find that I have a seedling of aracnanthe too - at least that's what the label says. And I always believe labels, at least until the plant actually flowers and either disappoints or delights....

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    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.

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