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Specklinia costaricensis

This is a discussion on Specklinia costaricensis within the Orchids of Other Genera IN BLOOM forums, part of the Orchid Photography category; Originally Posted by Germinatorman Sure Patty, just as soon as I find an 'extra stem ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Germinatorman View Post
    Sure Patty, just as soon as I find an 'extra stem or two'...........lol
    That one on the left...yeah, that one!

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    Hi Don,

    Pleurothallis and its related genera (including Specklinia) are some of the few orchids that will grow from detached stems, even leaves. I have always wondered why they do this, but it may have something to do with their habitat preferences- high winds must have been regularly knocking sections from these delicate plants, and nature 'thought' that instead of letting these waste away, they make great cuttings!

    With the way your plant looks, it obviously 'feels' like it's still in a Costa Rican high altitude forest to produce growths like that! I guess orchids, like many other groups of plants, can only be successfully cultivated if we can give a care regime that will make them 'think' they are still in their natural habitat.

    I'm anthropomorphizing too much so I'm outta here

    Wally

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    Hmm, so maybe I should try a couple minor stem cuttings and see how it works! It worked the last time!

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    Hi Wally: If I may say so, I don't think you 'over did it" by any means and found this to be interesting suppositions on your part (I assume of course there is no way of proving all you said). It makes sense to me. I will just add that god forbid the orchids we have ever find out the truth! AL

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