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Ancistrochilus rothschildianus

This is a discussion on Ancistrochilus rothschildianus within the Orchids of Other Genera IN BLOOM forums, part of the Orchid Photography category; A plant I inherited from the late Joyce Stewart ( one-time Director, Wisley RHS Garden, ...

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    A plant I inherited from the late Joyce Stewart ( one-time Director, Wisley RHS Garden, Chairperson WOC France 2007, author /co-author of excellent books on Dendrobiums , African orchids generally, and most recently Angraecoid orchids ). She left her few hundred plants to my Society of which she was a long-time member. This is one I got as part of my share. Being that good taxonomically etc does not necessarily make one a great cultivator, and maybe time passed after her death before the orchids came for attention - it often happens. Whatever, not a great plant and not in v.g. condition. Just two little bulbs, the size of some of the species crocus we grow here in UK - say 15-30mm dia, and few leaves. Apparently its deciduous anyway , so its never going to have a lot - perhaps.
    But I have managed to flower it, and it definitely grows on me , i.e. I like it more and more. The flowers are huge for the bulb size - maybe 2 inch across, although they doubled in size after first opening. Perhaps going over now- I had though to grow it on for a few more years before posting since the flowers were nothing much, but changed my mind at the last minute. But rarely seen I think, so worth a show. .

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    Congratulations though the bulb are very small and sometimes ugly looking but the flowers... marvelous.

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    The color of the lip is really nice. I bet in time with your care, the plant and blooms will be much better, Geoff. I am glad you posted it and the story of how it came into your collection.


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    Lovely color and fascinating shape, whatever the condition of the plant. How interesting, Geoff - I gave Phillip the tome she co-authored on Angraecoid Species for Christmas. He's been very taken with it, although, I have to say that, since I've begun my apprenticeship in orchid growing, he's been very taken with a seemingly endless number of its aspects.

    Thanks for taking the time to photograph and post it, along with the details about Ms. Stewart.

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