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Oncidium phymatochilum

This is a discussion on Oncidium phymatochilum within the Phalaenopsis, Oncidium, & Intergenerics IN BLOOM forums, part of the Orchid Photography category; A curious and different oncidium this. The spike took 6 months to develop and I ...

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    Default Oncidium phymatochilum

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    A curious and different oncidium this. The spike took 6 months to develop and I began to think the flowers would never open. But at last I see the flowers.
    One curious thing is the spike formation. I think the tech' word is panicle - for a zig-zag main stem, with 6 or 7 side branches, and here's the odd thing - every branch has several branches, each with 3, 4 or in one case 5 flowers. Can't think of another orchid which does that ?
    Flowers about 6 or 7 cm high. Some faint scent.
    I find it quite interesting - a good talking point when I get orchid-savvy visitors, too.

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    Yes. Very unique indeed. Never seen this before. Am very glad when I see your thread. Always something interesting. Thanks for sharing Geoff.

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    This is a lower light oncidium from what I understand. And I want mine to bloom.

    Not sure what the 'young' spike on this oncidium looks like but I hope I am spiking, knowing how big and branchy the inflorescence is, I hope the stoutness of the new 'growth' is for a huge spray of flowers. It has been gaining length slowly after emerging at the end of May or early June.
    Although a new pb would be a close second place, I wouldn't be too disappointed.

    It shows on IOSPE to be a fall bloomer. I have hopes!!

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    Very interesting , looks more Brassia than Oncidium!

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    I see that another 20 or 30 flowers have opened since I last looked. I shall have to try and take a pic of the whole spike, which will be a challenge....watch this space.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dorsetman View Post
    I see that another 20 or 30 flowers have opened since I last looked. I shall have to try and take a pic of the whole spike, which will be a challenge....watch this space.
    You bet I'll be watching.

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    Very pretty. I think they look like dancers twisting this way and that. Mine aren't blooming this year. It is just too hot for them I would guess.

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    Default A pic of the whole spike.

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    Herewith and as promised - the whole head of flowers.
    I just looked it up in IOSPE btw ; there are two pics - one of a few flowers of much better quality than mine ; and another of a much larger spike of flowers perhaps the same as mine. I also see that Christenson named an example as a species in a distinct genus - which he called Phymatochilum, naming this as P.brasiliense.
    My flowers are the first since importation from a South American dealer - maybe the quality will be better on a batter established plant. I have a second example too - perhaps from the same dealer, looks the same, but not yet flowered.

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    Quite a spike of flowers! Great growing!

    I hope mine blooms next year (doesn't look like it will this season as it is growing a new pb right now).

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