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Miltassia Shelob Tolkein

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    shelob's tossed up a bonus spike. a bit small, but so is the pbulb it is coming from. i bought this in bloom with 2 larger spikes back in february i think.
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    Bravo....very beautiful and cool.

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    Beautiful markings on this miltassia.

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    i think on this one the spikes are sturdy enough to avoid staking. the flowers look much more graceful when left to develope naturally. the stem is upright with a nice arch that holds the flowers just right. i find especially with the spider types that they just don't look right when tied to a straight stick and forced to stand upright to the end. the flowers always seem to be at an odd angle or seem like they are struggling to get away. the specimen pictures i've seen of this one online just look stunning. i cannot wait till this gets big.

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    Wow. Love these beautiful purple orchid flowers. Stunning!!!

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    thanks! this one really has gotten me interested in the spider type oncid hybrids.

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    Just gorgeous!

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    this guy is sending up 2 more spikes, one is a second from the small pbulb that flowered in june, and another on another small pbulb. i got it in flower with 2 spikes at the end of january i think, so this will be the 3rd flowering (and 5th spike) this year, and the plant is in a 4" deep style plastic pot that it came in, potted up in fine bark mix. i have it in a south facing window in very bright light, in winter it gets shadecloth to mute the sun some, and i water every wednesday and sunday. the flowers are a good 4 inches, and slightly fragrant, with 5 to 8 or so per spike... and the leaves are a little more stiff and leathery than many oncid types, and don't flop over and look messy... this is really an ideal orchid, easy to care for and insists on giving me flowers. if you don't have one, get one if you find them. please tell me someone is crossing this with a sharry baby or twinkle out there somewhere????????? i bought mine after receiving one in the mail that looked half dead, i went to a local orchid shop to console myself and they had this one, so i grabbed it. and the half-dead one is making a comeback too, outside on my balcony in very bright light. not sure if they can handle my winter lows in the 40's, but i am very tempted to find out. i have found mention on the web that it has some cool tolerance in its parentage.

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    i knocked a few buds off, but even so, 4th and 5th spike form this plant this year. the flowers have a bit more yellow this time, perhaps due to cooler night temperatures? the lip will turn more rose in a few days. this one grows in the south facing window. the little one, that i bought first and seemed like it was doomed, has actually sprung back outside, and is spiking on a growth that is not even full grown yet. if you don't have one of these, you must try it. each pbulb puts out 2 stems, one at a time usually. when the first is done and the growth is maturing a second comes from the other side.

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