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Rodriguezia araveloi

This is a discussion on Rodriguezia araveloi within the Orchids of Other Genera IN BLOOM forums, part of the Orchid Photography category; Rodriguezia is an interesting genus ; mostly, as far as my reading goes, twig epiphytes ...

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    Rodriguezia is an interesting genus ; mostly, as far as my reading goes, twig epiphytes from some of the Caribbean islands. There is the phenomenon of the sea breeze and the land breeze, one of which brings a current of moist air to wash over the plants at night, thus keeping them hydrated ' They are small or even tiny plants, which I have been collecting for a few years. According to some botanists, several species which - with a bit of scratching around - can be found on sale, are all one and the same thing, but I find that when I flower them, even when I just grow them, they are quite distinct.
    This one is physically the largest in my collection, with flowers maybe 3 or even 4 cm from tip to toe - although you see it here in a 9cm pot, so you can tell its not very big, but the flowers are at least twice the size of some other species , all of which are sometimes lumped together under the name R.secunda.
    Flowering can be quite profuse, and they seem to bulk up quite well when yjy are happy - the roots here will tell you this plant is !

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    It looks very happy there. The roots make the flowers look insignificant.

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    Very nice flowers, but those roots are incredible. Great growing of a rare and unusual orchid.

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    Very well grown, Geoff, Never been very successful with Rodriguezia or Tolumnia. I osed to grow the R secunda, the red variety and the alba form but I remember the flowers were much smaller. Like the Tolumnia they do very well for a time but soon die. Never been able to grow these for more than 3 years.

    BW very glad to see you back from your cruise and posting pictures of your beautiful orchids.

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    That is one happy plant and beautiful flowers. Small is beautiful. - martha

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    It is one thing to admire an orchid for its beauty, but I find knowing the history and how they grow naturally to be equally intriguing. Thanks for sharing.

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    Those roots are very impressive! Nice flowers too.

    I feel your pain, Yew. Though I don't have issues with the few Tols in my collection dying off, I find them incredibly difficult to bloom. My apt conditions are obviously lacking.

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    I'm tempted to buy a couple and find a nice piece of wood to mount them on. Very nice...

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    What an amazing display! Thanks for sharing with us, Geoff, and for providing the information.

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