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Epi. ilense

This is a discussion on Epi. ilense within the Orchids of Other Genera IN BLOOM forums, part of the Orchid Photography category; Wow, nice lamp... what wattage have you got in those columns??? being serous though (so ...

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    Wow, nice lamp... what wattage have you got in those columns???



    being serous though (so difficult)... love them frills!!!

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    Excellent!
    I enjoy looking at these blooms. Great photos as well!
    Cheers. Hoa.

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    Thanks, all! LOL, Tim-O, it does look like the flower in the hollywood shot is self-luminescent!

    The flowers reflex backward. In the second photo you can see the flower on the left doing that. It must have opened first. I caught this guy in a "just opened" state. Already both have reflexed, and they look like two angels facing away from each other, with interlocked wings.

    It's funny, I ran my finger under the fringe to see what it felt like. I mangaged to get all the little tendrils stuck up against themselves. I wanted to comb them out, so I blew gently downward from above the flower. It did the trick: ie, how to comb an ilense!

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    Wow, nice blooms!!

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    Epi. ilense is a free-flowering plant. That is, it will boom for a couple of weeks, drop its flowers, and within another couple of weeks you'll see new buds starting. They only take a few weeks to form. Quite cool!

    It is not my intention to post identical pictures every time this guy flowers, but there were three reasons I wanted to update this thread with the blooms that have just opened:

    1. The plant after nearly three years of nothing decided to flower for the first time this summer. You can see a progression in this thread as it finds its groove. The first post showed a pretty gnarly 2nd flower. The plant wasn't getting enough moisture. So I unmounted it and stuck it in a clay pot. Then I got two full flowers last time. The lil' guy continues to dig his pot and he's now put out three good-looking flowers. They can get more, but I think you need a pretty big, specimen plant for more than four. So you can actually see how the flower form and count improves with the upgrade of conditions and the plant having a bit of practice.

    2. The last posted photos were taken just as the second flower opened. It hadn't yet reflexed its petals backward, which it does within the first day. The classic ilense pose looks like 2 or 3 angels with wings swept back and interlocked, facing outwards to protect from all threats. Sort of propellor-head angels.

    3. Aaron Tester just got a big healthy Epi. ilense in bud and his is opening a day or two behind mine. I know he'll be posting photos and I really wanted to compare them. His plant has been happier for longer, so I'm curious to see how it blooms.

    Ok, so this will be my last picture of this kid!

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    Wow! That is stunning!

    Cheers!
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    Oh don't quit McJ--this has to be one of my favorite flower pictures. They are well--ethereal! Such a treat to see them!

    The progression is a very good illustration of the changes in the flowers as the plant matures and is more happy. Do the flowers have a fragrance?

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    Nice plant and flowers! How long does yours stay in bloom?

    This species was discovered by Calaway Dodson in Ecuador... it came to Marie Selby Botanical Gardens to be propagated... the original plant, still in the greenhouses, is about 2.5 feet tall. Selby Gardens' cross of Epidendrum ilense and Epidendrum veroscriptum was made, and those plants are about 4 feet tall.

    The species is one of the many Epidendrum species which have very thick caniferous stems (similar to a Dendrobium), and successive blooming spikes. The spikes can last as long as the growth can last. Most of the time, though, the spike will wither away from the watering (reproducing the wet season)...

    As for this species in the wild, it was reported to be extinct. Cal Dodson was giving orchid tours under a tree, and all the sudden all his students looked up in amazement to see a tree full of blooming Epidendrum ilense, while Cal was confused... the species is quite abundant in and around the original site, as per Cal Dodson in 2004. The older varieties that were cllected from the wild (like the Holotype and an Isotype for Epi. ilense here at MSBG) have larger flowers and are more floriferous and vigorous. Anyways, I am done boring everyone...

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    No Pat, not boring - very interesting! I knew the original samples went to Selby, and the story of the native site later being cleared and the species extinct in the wild. I'd heard new populations had been found, but knew nothing of the specifics.

    My plant blooms for 2-3 weeks. After it's last flower drops, it rests for maybe a week and then I see new buds. They take 2-3 weeks to mature and it repeats its thing.

    My plant isn't as large - about 18", and the bare-root mount it came with, did slow its growth. It struggled to grow large enough to bloom and really worked to put those first flowers out this July. Now, with the unmounting and clay pot it's chugging! So it keeps reaching for bigger and better!

    Aaron Tester just bought a very large and healthy ilense (2' plus canes.) It's just started blooming and pictures are coming this Monday, I believe. I'm eager to see how his compare to my little guy that's finally found his comfort zone.

    Note to newbies - beware mounted plants in a windowsill environment! You can't provide the humidity they want; they're likely happier in a pot!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mahon View Post
    The older varieties that were cllected from the wild (like the Holotype and an Isotype for Epi. ilense here at MSBG) have larger flowers and are more floriferous and vigorous. Anyways, I am done boring everyone...
    Hardly, Pat. I love it when you contribute background info I've never heard before!

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