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Pleurothallis

This is a discussion on Pleurothallis within the Photography Archive 1 forums, part of the Orchid Photography category; At yesterday's (Feb. 22) Orchid Society of the Ozarks meeting, Bryon Rinke, a Pleurothallis expert ...

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    Exclamation Pleurothallis

    At yesterday's (Feb. 22) Orchid Society of the Ozarks meeting, Bryon Rinke, a Pleurothallis expert who grows orchids with Max Thompson at the Southwestern College of Winfield, Kansas, was onhand to discuss the particulars of this unique orchid Genus. He brought some plants to sell, and we managed to get a hold of this Pleurothallis cardiothala, a species native to Ecuador.

    While, because of their diminutive size, Pleurothallis will more than likely never be grown or bought by folks looking for, say, a "splashy" Mother's Day gift, these orchids are fascinating members of the orchid family and, if you're a collector, I urge you to give some a try. Most thrive in moderate to cool conditions, have light requirements similar to Phalaenopsis, and their roots should be kept on the relatively dry side. They also enjoy high humidity so a regular misting definitely benefits them.

    The plant shown here has leaves about four inches long, and the blooms form at the leaves' centers.
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    This is a pic of the just the flower, a tiny thing that can't be more than 1/4 of an inch wide but which, under a magnifying glass, displays the orchid's amazing structure.

    Neither Bruce nor I have ever grown one of these so, thanks Bryon and the OSO for making something like this available!
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    Louis is right, these little flowers are really amazing. I can see how someone who collects orchids could get into these guys. The plants are small, the flowers are small, and you can have a huge variety! Thanks for posting the close up pic of the bloom!

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    I don't them but they are very interesting looking.

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    Some people go ape over them; I think they're interesting enough as novelties to have one or two...

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