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Triphora gentianoides

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    Default Triphora gentianoides

    This HAS to be the most unattractive species orchid known to exist. There's nothing to the flowers... literally! It's a fairly rare species, and non-existent in collections.

    Triphora gentianoides is known to be primarily from Miami-Dade, Broward, Collier, and Lee counties here in Florida, along with somewhere in Cuba. My more recent record was made for Sarasota county.

    Typically, this species grows up to 20cm, while most grow to only 5cm tall. This is my tallest, measuring a little past 30cm, which could be the largest plant on record!

    I have found that the secret top growing this species is the bright afternoon sun. I also recently found that this species needs a higher pH level in order to survive. I noticed that my Sarasota county population was growing either where there was concrete or where there were sprinklers (which spray water full of sulfur).

    I've been able to get these to germinate and grow in humus. Recently, I have sprinkled the seeds around areas where there are sprinklers, in hopes of more established colonies.

    Anyways, here's my largest Triphora gentianoides, perhaps 4 or 5 years old...

    Triphora gentianoides


    My hand for scale


    Close-up of the flower and dehissing pod at 5x


    Close-up of the bract-like leaves


    -Pat

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    An orchid that only an orchid species expert could love! LOL In my wildest dreams I would not think "orchid" if I noticed that poor little thing. I admire your scientific curiosity and dedication Pat. Interesting to hear about it!

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    you are SURE that is an orchid??? LOL! Well, I don't think I'll look to add it to my collection, but I'm glad to hear you are helping to keep the local colonies thriving.

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    Can't wait to see what you discover in Chicago. If it's there, you'll find it!

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    Odd little one. It must not need to attract a visually interested pollinator. LOL! Poor little ugly thing. heheheee.. Thanks for sharing it with us though. It is important to remember that there are orchids out there that fall into this category too.

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    I wonder if anything visually flashy would cross with it? And, if so, why? LOL

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    When I first found the Trihpora gentianoides populations in Sarasota, I thought it was a thistle or some sort of spiky weed among the shadows. I get closer, and I almost had to pick my eyes off of the ground!

    They should make the common name for this species; 'The Stick Orchid'

    It is near impossible to hybridize with this species, in part because it is cleistogamous. I can't tell when the pods are pollinated, perhaps when buds are even visible. There are 3 or 4 (I forget) other Triphora species native to Florida, which aren't typically cleistogamous, so perhaps those other species can be hybridized with or outcrossed. Would be very interesting...

    Another related genus to the Triphora is Psychilis, which is MUCH more attractive, but quite rare. Okie, enough rambling... for tonight!

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    It must have some redeeming features, does it? Judi

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    I can't say that it is wonderful, but it is interesting yet!

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    What makes it interesting is that it's a (USA) native orchid. An an unusual one at that. There are so many orchids growing all around us in this country, but most are not floofy or exotic and we miss them. They are all around us in one form or another. Not many 'locals' are epiphytic (some in south and central FL), but terrestrial orchids bloom all over the USA.
    Thanks for sharing your finds with us, Pat.

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