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Sacoila lanceolata - a very showy native terrestrial

This is a discussion on Sacoila lanceolata - a very showy native terrestrial within the Orchids of Other Genera IN BLOOM forums, part of the Orchid Photography category; Here are some shots of this year's blooming of my cultivated Sacoila lanceolata (obtained from ...

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    Default Sacoila lanceolata - a very showy native terrestrial

    Here are some shots of this year's blooming of my cultivated Sacoila lanceolata (obtained from a friend's greenhouse as a volunteer seedling), a Florida native orchid in the Spiranthes/Jewel Orchid group. The imaged inflorescence is roughly six inches tall with the flowers each about 1 inch long. This would be an ideal plant for growing moist sunny areas anywhere in peninsular Florida. Often a denizen of moist roadsides, these plants are quite conspicuous in bloom even when cruising down the FL Turnpike at 70 MPH.

    My plant produced a large quantity of seed which I'm sending into Troy Meyers for flasking. Get your notification requests in.

    Culture is not difficult...keep constantly moist and grow in a very bright area...full sunlight is preferable. In winter, keep cool and drier...I just spritz my pot with water every few weeks to keep it from going bone-dry. In March, start watering more to induce spikes. Once the spikes get going, water very heavily and continue through blooming and into the plant's new growth. In mid-late November, I let the first light frost burn off the leaves, leaving the perennial underground roots ready for next year's growth, but I'm not certain this is necessary as a variant deep in the Fakahatchee retains its leaves throughout flowering.

    Even during blooming, they can tolerate temps into the upper 40's, but 50 or above would likely be better.


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    Another beauty.
    I,d grow them if i could get them.

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    Very nice Prem! All of your orchid photos are stunning! Thanks for the information too. I love to see the tiny hairs on the blooms. SO clear!


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