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Smitinandia micrantha

This is a discussion on Smitinandia micrantha within the Orchids of Other Genera IN BLOOM forums, part of the Orchid Photography category; I doubt may people grow this one. It is a vandaceous species from Thailand which ...

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    I doubt may people grow this one. It is a vandaceous species from Thailand which gets only 6-8". It has the tiniest flowers with the entire spike being only 2". It's one saving grace is the fact that it is highly fragrant in late afternoon through the early evening.
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    Wow, look at the buds on that spike. How long do the blooms last?

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    The first flower opened on Nov. 7. The pic was taken on Nov. 15. There are now about 9 flowers opened and probably as many as 20 or more left. The first flower still looks perfect after a month so I expect the spike will be open for several months. The more flowers that open, the more fragrant it becomes. They smell like orange blossoms.

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    Todd, it's lovely! How can you grow a Vandaceous species in the Maritimes?? Do you have a greenhouse with humidity?

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    I want one !!!!
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    that's sooooo cute!!!!!

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    Very nice! These kinda remind me of Tuberolabium...

    I have an unknown Smithinandia species, similar to this one, except the leafspan is about 2.5" to 3" at the most... is there any detectable scent from yours? Thanks for sharing the pics!

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    Pat, the leaf spread on mine is only 3"...the entire plant is 6" high. And yes, the flowers are fragrant in late afternoon. It used to be classified as a Saccolabium.

    Julie, Vandaceous orchids are challenging here but we have a greenhouse at work...that's where my vandaceous collection has been moved! Not that hot this time of year but lots of light and humidity is about 60-75%. They thrive in summer but slow dramatically during the winter as the temps at night drops to 60 F. Despite this, I do have an Ascocenda coming into spike right now.

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    Here's a pic taken today (Dec. 11)...still more flowers to follow!
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    How Pretty, I love that lavendar color.
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