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Rhynchostylis retusa

This is a discussion on Rhynchostylis retusa within the Orchids of Other Genera IN BLOOM forums, part of the Orchid Photography category; I have a few examples of this species, but this is the first to flower ...

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    Default Rhynchostylis retusa

    I have a few examples of this species, but this is the first to flower ; I think I was complaining about it a few monhs ago - when this p[ant produced two spikes, but they both aborted . The tip of the newest leaf ( at that time) also died - perhaps it was a cold winter night which did for both. Maybe this species or my example of it, needs it a bit warmer. Maybe all Rhychos do - and thast why I have found them the least accommodating of all the vandaceous species I grow. I will bear that in mind amd see how I can accommodate this need which I think I have identified.
    Plant size- about 15 inch leaf span. Individual flowers between 1/2 inch and 3/4 inch span.
    Quite a nice thing, I think . I will look out for the other plants of this species and try and put them all together in a warmer spot.

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    BEAUTIFUL!! I love how those gorgeous lavender spotted flowers hang down out of the pot. A very pretty display!

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    I think the colors on this spike are the best I have seen and a nice long spike at that. I find my Rhynchostylis retusa is the slowest grower of all my vandacceous orchids. I am curious as to what their prime years might be and how long they live with good care. Any idea Geoff? AL

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    Quote Originally Posted by orchidsal View Post
    I think the colors on this spike are the best I have seen and a nice long spike at that. I find my Rhynchostylis retusa is the slowest grower of all my vandacceous orchids. I am curious as to what their prime years might be and how long they live with good care. Any idea Geoff? AL
    I think I am not quite in a position to be wise and clever about this species, after growing this plant for 3 or 4 years and just seeing the first flowers.
    It seems to me from the obviously wild collected plants which Cxanh shows, from Vietnam, that this kind of Vandaceous plant can grow into great big clumps , which suggests a long life. But that is in the jungle. As to cultivation - come back in 20 years and ask how big my plant is ( by the way I shall be celebrating my own centenary at that time )- and whilst my doc' confidently assure me, I am good for another 1/4 century yet, I don't suggest holding your breath....

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    A most unusual colouration for a retusa- very beautiful!

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    Super pretty!!!

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    Very striking pattern on this one. A very good clone you have there .

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    Beautiful! I love those colors.

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    Beautiful bunch of blooms on this Rhynchostylis retusa.

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