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Ludisia discolor

This is a discussion on Ludisia discolor within the Orchids of Other Genera IN BLOOM forums, part of the Orchid Photography category; Ive had this plant for about a year. It was originally in moss as a ...

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    Cool Ludisia discolor

    Ive had this plant for about a year. It was originally in moss as a sprout but transplanted it in a soil and bark mix. Plenty of water but I do make sure it needs it before I do. This has a foot long spike. The plant is only about a foot tall also. There should be about 14 flowers at full bloom being about 2cm in size. Interesting flower with a twisted anther and lip. I"ll post a close up of a bud that is not twisted, soon. Quite random. I dont smell anything either..hmmmm...Enjoy!
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    I always find it a pity that the flowers are not more impressive. Fortunately, I grow it for the foliage. The cockeyed column is the norm for these -- an oddity I find interesting. I would be interested to know how it benefits this orchid.

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    i had one and it was short lived. now that i know the name i can look for them Love the leaves!

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    Mine is in bloom now too. Only 3 of the 17 or so buds are open, and the flower spike grew at glacial speed! I know most orchids take their time, but this one was like maple syrup in Alaska! I can see why they are grown mostly for the foliage, but I like the flowers very much as well. Also don't detect any fragrance on mine.
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    A overall very pretty addition to a mixed collection I think. This orchid would add a interesting, rather exotic effect. AL

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    It really does add that exotic effect along with the hanging mounted and potted orchids covering my entire WALL!...lol....Oh do i love my jungle......hehehe....but I do agree Pavel, as to why they have a twisted column. I was thinking at first that maybe it was due to humidity but idk...it seems like every flower i see is tilted to the left...I'm very interesting to what its pollinator is.....as for the growth...i would say it was fairly moderate..it followed my phals bloom cycle with a foot long spike...i dont know what the "normal" time for spike growth is on this orchid specifically. Tho, tony you did get a higher flower count....anyhow...thanks for all your comments...

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    I love all the jewel orchids. Some do well for me and some, well not so well :\
    Nicely grown, Andrew.

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    oh thank you cathy ...i had two of these guys...giving one to my sister cause she liked it so much...two moths later she gave it back cause it was dieing....i couldnt save it tho ....when it was young the trick was to give it plenty of water but not so much to make it rot...what a pain in the butt for me..lol...i grow two jewel orchid species Ludisia discolor and Goodyera pubescens a native species. What have you tried? I like then alot but they are more of a pain to grow in my opinion. NO PSEUDOBULBS means "pain in buitt" for me, except vanda type orchids...lmao

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    The two that do well under lights for me are A. chapaensis and M. petola. I've killed more than my fair share :\ - Ludisia is a great performer and I have it planted in the yard. I moved it during the cold and will replant back under the oak in our spring. I would love to be able to find more color forms discolor. I've seen a few that were awesome.

    oh...and good morning

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    lol...oh thats cool that you get to grow this one outside....i do like these orchids and some are really neat looking... ive seen Macodes petola before but not the flower...and holy Anoectochilus chapaensis. now thats a cool looking flower and plant....nice....aww now look what you've gone and started...hahaha good morning as well...a nice morning with a coffee and some snow falling from the sky ...have a good day cathy

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