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Catasetum tenebrosum

This is a discussion on Catasetum tenebrosum within the Orchids of Other Genera IN BLOOM forums, part of the Orchid Photography category; I guess tenebrosum means dark or brunette or something like that ? Thinking of the ...

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    Default Catasetum tenebrosum

    I guess tenebrosum means dark or brunette or something like that ? Thinking of the Laelia of that name... So dark here that I had to have several goes at getting a good pic. On a black background it disappeared, and on a grey one I couldn't distinguish between the lighter brown of the petals and the darker brown of the sepals ( I might have that back-to-front )- hence the unusual background brick wall.
    I have to say that my flowers don't look much like the pics in IOSPE - but in this case Jay has a rather weird example I guess. There does not seem to be much point in me sending him my pics , I never get even an acknowledgment much less get the pics used when I do send them !.
    Mine is a young plant with a bulb barely 2 inches high in a 3.5 inch pot, so I hope for much better things when its bigger. But it is unusual with this very fleshy two tone lip - all yellow and green on the front and brown on the back.
    Catasetums are some of the most interesting orchids I think - just don't peer too closely - they fire their pollinia like little cannon balls, if triggered, and if stuck to an eyeball can be rather nasty to remove ! ( needs an eye surgeon too ! )


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    that is beautiful geoff! love it

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    Great job! I know how hard some flowers are to photograph. I will learn to grow/bloom these yet...i love the way they look.

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    Geoff, I'll have to send you some safety goggles so you can get as close as you want to this interesting beauty!

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    Wow a very nice one !

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    I like it, I have 2 hybrid plants with the above parentage. Hope it will give me the dark colour.

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    I love this orchid, Geoff. Such a dark, striking color. Beautiful!

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