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Cleisostoma birmanicum

This is a discussion on Cleisostoma birmanicum within the Orchids of Other Genera IN BLOOM forums, part of the Orchid Photography category; Got this about a month and a half ago when it was just starting to ...

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    Got this about a month and a half ago when it was just starting to spike. It is a very neat plant, and is now my favorite orchid (this of course changes every time I get a new orchid!). It has flexible roots that dangle down from the mount at least 2 foot long! Enjoy the photos...I finally experimented with doctoring of the photos like Piper suggested...zooming in after snapping the photo to improve the quality of the close-up...this worked well, thanks Julie!

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    I love it. What is the plant like - leaves, size, all that stuff?

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    Well, believe it or not, it looks a lot like a mini-Vanda. I'll post a full picture of the plant with size estimates and the growing information I have on it later. Each flower is about the size of a nickel.

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    very cute!

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    Nice pics, Matt! And a cool plant! I don't know much (ie, anything) about it. Tell us what you know of the genus.

    The zoom-in trick is to out smart the auto-focus cameras. I've found I get my best results from a tripod (if you happen to have one). Lighting is the next big pain. The flash often is too bright and distorts the true color. I have a bunch of shots I took last month that I'd like to post where I used indirect lighting, but even on the waxy flowers there was more reflection than I'd like. Digital cameras are really key here - you can tell when you take the shot whether or not you've captured what you want. Of course, I'm just a hobbiest - there are true photo wizards on the forum, and I'd never speak for them...

    My investment in a yard of good black velvet was worth every penny, but I'm still playing with lighting. Photos coming, when I get some spare minutes.

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    Those are so wild!

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    The species is from Thailand. It is a summer and fall bloomer. I was given the following cultural information from the species specialist I got it from...

    Light: Shade to Bright ; 1500-2500 footcandles (indirect light, pronounced shadowing)

    Temperature: intermediate ; 55 F minimum to 85 F maximum

    Water: moist ; 3-5 waterings per weeks (mounted) ; let dry slightly between waterings ; water needs dependent upon humidity level

    It is on a round wood branch about 7 inches long. The 'wingspan' of the plant is about 10 inches which is deceiving because it really isn't a very big plant.

    Attached are additional photos I took for the other "roots and leaves" members.

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