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Anacheilum garcianum - lovely perfume

This is a discussion on Anacheilum garcianum - lovely perfume within the Orchids of Other Genera IN BLOOM forums, part of the Orchid Photography category; Anacheilum is a genus carved out of ( most recently) Enyclia, although when I first ...

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    Default Anacheilum garcianum - lovely perfume

    Anacheilum is a genus carved out of ( most recently) Enyclia, although when I first grew some of them , they were called Epidendrums - but then half the orchids of the world seemed to have been called that if you go back far enough.
    The distinction from Encyclias like E.cordigera or say the cockle-shell Encyclias ( radiata, cochleata, etc ) appears to be the flowers in pairs, back-to-back, and "upside down" , which here means non-resupinate ( it is one of the defining characteristics of this Anacheilum genus)
    The point however is that every orchid of this kind that I can think of is very sweetly perfumed.
    I show the plant with only two pairs of flowers, followig a major repot after the plant got rather large with far too many leafless and perhaps dead back-bulbs in the middle, and this is the first flowering since. Normally I would expect say 6 or more pairs of flowers in this 6 inch pot. Flowers almost 2 inch across , plant generally a bit too big to fit into the "tiny orchids" thread, but really in the same spirit. Generally the plant is like a small Laelia , canes not a lot thicker than a matchstick, 3 or 4 inches long and unifoliate or bifoliate with leaves up to 4 -5 inches long.
    Ifg you like sweet smells in the greenhouse, look out for this one.
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    ps on second thoughts - my latin being a bit rusty since I have not had a chat with any Roman Emperors lately - this should be Anacheilum garcianum .
    Sorry Bruce, I can't actually see how to amend the title - I think your system was not designed for idiots like me....perhaps you can do it ?

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    Quite nice there, Geoff. I like how you were able to capture the sparkly/glittery texture of the flowers.

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    Very nice color. Is this easy to grow?

    Genus Anacheilium was created for the cockle-shells and similar types to separate them from Encylia. Most taxonomists would either put them in Anacheilium or lump them together with a few other types into genus Prosthechea. Prosthechea is preferred by RHS and used for all hybrid registrations.

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    As to culture - Quite straightforward. I have it in medium bark and sphagnum moss , it lives on my cattleya bench , although coming from Mexico at a moderate height , that might be a bit warmer than it needs - but I only have one set of conditions for all my orchids, so they either like what they get, or they do the other thing.....

    My comments about Anacheilum were based on my interoretation of Withner's comments , in the classic multi-volume set ab out the Cattleyas and their allies. I expect that is not up to date taxonomically , but Withner always seems to make a great deal of sense to me, and it takes contrary DNA evidence to shake my confidence !

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    Stunning Geoff, I like it,nice shots.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dorsetman View Post
    ps on second thoughts - my latin being a bit rusty since I have not had a chat with any Roman Emperors lately - this should be Anacheilum garcianum .
    Sorry Bruce, I can't actually see how to amend the title - I think your system was not designed for idiots like me....perhaps you can do it ?
    No worries, updated. Nice blooms!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dorsetman View Post
    My comments about Anacheilum were based on my interoretation of Withner's comments , in the classic multi-volume set ab out the Cattleyas and their allies. I expect that is not up to date taxonomically , but Withner always seems to make a great deal of sense to me, and it takes contrary DNA evidence to shake my confidence !
    Withner's resurrection of Anacheilium, and the many species he transferred to that genus in 2004 is not necessarily out of date, but is one of 2 current competing classifications for this group of species. Anacheilium (or Encyclia or Prosthecea) cochleatum is the type species for Anacheilium so it must always be included in that genus if any species is.

    The competing classification lumps together species from Anacheilium, Pollardia, Panarica, Prosthecea and Euchile and since Prosthechea (1838) was named before Anacheilium (1942) it takes precedence. That classification is currently preferred by Kew and RHS.

    I don't think there is enough DNA evidence available for this group yet to clarify anything, but unless it shows that these groups are not closely related either classification is probably equally valid and is a classic example of lumping vs. splitting.

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    lovely orchid!!!

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