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Ansellia africana

This is a discussion on Ansellia africana within the Orchids of Other Genera IN BLOOM forums, part of the Orchid Photography category; This huge orchid had three spikes but two broke off in an accident. The one ...

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    This huge orchid had three spikes but two broke off in an accident. The one spike left has 15 buds, half are open. It even has a mild fragrance. It gets minimal care and is probably not being grown as it should but seems to be doing well enough.

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    Beauty! Almost got one a few weeks ago but the potential size scared me off

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    That's pretty, Karin. I'm sorry about the other 2 spikes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chris in Hamilton View Post
    Beauty! Almost got one a few weeks ago but the potential size scared me off
    The size is the main problem. I am considering trying to find a home for him. Shipping would be a challenge, though.

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    Such a beauty. Yes some them can grow quite large.

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    Nicely done even with loosing 2 spikes.

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    A beautifully marked flower here. I had the pleasure of visiting the last World Orchid Conference in Johannesburg , and of course these are african orchids. They were very well represented , to put it mildly -and some of the plants must have been brought in by fork-lift truck. Every colour combination from almost plain yellow, to a select few so heavily marked as to be almost black. But, oddly (?) or expectedly (!) nary a plant for sale - everybody has them, the dealers said. Presumably they thought the World Orchid Conference would be visited only by locals - very insular view I thought, as I walked around with people I had met there on a pre-conference tour hailing from San Francisco, and chatted to other orchid friends from Peru and also Sydney.....but it saved me from being tempted to smuggle one home without a CITES license and all the other bureaucratic paperwork which is now involved.

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