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Cycnoches loddigesii

This is a discussion on Cycnoches loddigesii within the Orchids of Other Genera IN BLOOM forums, part of the Orchid Photography category; I posted pics of this in bloom on 11th November ; 9 months later, here ...

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    Default Cycnoches loddigesii

    I posted pics of this in bloom on 11th November ; 9 months later, here we are again on a new bulb.
    Like catasetums, these Cycnoches have explosive pollinia ; touch the trigger and bang - they fire off. Just don't get your face in the way or worst of all your eye - or you need a good hospital ! This plant was knocked over whilst waiting to have its piccy taken, and one pollinia shot off and can be seen - on the single flower picture, sticking to what I suppose would be the stigmatic surface if this were a female flower ( it is a male flower) - these Catasetum types are mostly dioecious - meaning that a plant produces either all female flowers or all male flowers , depending on, so it is said, temperature at the time of bud formation ; this led to many species being described twice or more under different names . However the odd plant is found occasionally with both kinds of flowers ,and even with a third kind having both male and female parts in the same flower (hermaphrodite flowers) which of course is just what most other orchids do - have hermaphrodite flowers that is ; the confusion over names got sorted out when such unusual plants were found.
    Personally I don't like the female flowers of any Catasetum I have ever seen -they are all alike ,just green lumpy things with no petals or sepals to speak of , so I'm happy that my conditions eem to produce only male flowers .
    A curious comparison here - think of male peacocks ( sorry - females are called pea-hens) and many other birds where the males are all flash and show, and the females rather dowdy. So unlike humans - but I'd better shut up or I may get lynched.... that was a joke of course.

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    Wow! This is the first time I see Cycnoches, very unique and I like the colour. Something different. Thanks for sharing.

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    Really nice, Geoff.

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    So unlike humans - but I'd better shut up or I may get lynched....
    Ain't that right? Beautiful species and nicely bloomed...

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    Such huge blooms on this orchid. Very nice, Geoff!

    cheers,
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    Mabuhay!

    I love it. I love it. I love it. I love it.

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    Very nice.
    "A curious comparison here - think of male peacocks ( sorry - females are called pea-hens) and many other birds where the males are all flash and show, and the females rather dowdy. So unlike humans - but I'd better shut up or I may get lynched.... that was a joke of course."

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    A really beautiful plant, thanks for sharing. I've got a flask of Cycnoches cooperi on its way and I'll be excited to see if I can keep them alive to adulthood. My first try with a compot.
    Good Growing,
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    Wow!! Really lovely. First time seeing this species. Wish I can get it here .

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    You have very nice clone I love the darker color on the petals.

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