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    Default Oeceoclades brassavola

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    I have had this for years, and it never did anything. Then I discovered it is likely to be warm growing, so I did what was necessary, and lo and behold.
    Not very exciting ; and when I tell you that the flower is about 2cm high, you will get the idea.
    The nicest thing about it are the leaves, but only one per bulb - the bulb a bout the size of a small fingernail.

    Maybe one for the next Orchid Society plant sale, I think.

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    I have an Oecosclades spathulifera that has yet to bloom but I like the leaves so much that it doesn't really matter.

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    Amazing the patience we give! Trying to learn - where does the brassovola come in?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sheryl View Post
    Amazing the patience we give! Trying to learn - where does the brassovola come in?
    Usually, this kind of name means "looks like a brassavola, even though it is not"- which can be very confusing... Try explainng to a non-horticulturist that Dendrobium phalaenopsis is not a phalaenopsis, when "real" shop phallies are the only orchids they know....
    In this case, I can assume tht the taxonomist who gave this name was either blind, drunk, or in the early stages of dementia. Maybe all three ? In which case , whi can blame him or her.. ( her would be very unusual for taxonomists.

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    [QUOTE=Dorsetman;449112]Usually, this kind of name means "looks like a brassavola, even though it is not"- which can be very confusing... Try explainng to a non-horticulturist that Dendrobium phalaenopsis is not a phalaenopsis, when "real" shop phallies are the only orchids they know....
    In this case, I can assume tht the taxonomist who gave this name was either blind, drunk, or in the early stages of dementia. Maybe all three ? In which case , who can blame him or her.. ( her would be very unusual for taxonomists, in fact, although I do know of one lady who has named quite a few things......

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    To me the leaf is the most interesting thing.

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    [QUOTE=Dorsetman;449112]Usually, this kind of name means "looks like a brassavola, even though it is not"- which can be very confusing... Try explainng to a non-horticulturist that Dendrobium phalaenopsis is not a phalaenopsis, when "real" shop phallies are the only orchids they know....
    In this case, I can assume tht the taxonomist who gave this name was either blind, drunk, or in the early stages of dementia. Maybe all three ? In which case , whi can blame him or her.. ( her would be very unusual for taxonomists.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dorsetman View Post
    Usually, this kind of name means "looks like a brassavola, even though it is not"- which can be very confusing... Try explainng to a non-horticulturist that Dendrobium phalaenopsis is not a phalaenopsis, when "real" shop phallies are the only orchids they know....
    In this case, I can assume tht the taxonomist who gave this name was either blind, drunk, or in the early stages of dementia. Maybe all three ? In which case , who can blame him or her.. ( her would be very unusual for taxonomists, in fact, although I do know of one lady who has named quite a few things......
    Thank you Geoff. Yes things can get confusing, that's for sure!

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    I have one of these. Mine does best when I throw it under a bush next to the vandas and forget it. I like the tiny flowers.

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    Interesting Orchid and even more interesting commentary from Geoff.

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    It looks like Oeceoclades maculata an African native found in the Caribbean, Brazil and Florida. I love the leaves and the flowers are nice too. In time, it will produce more than one inflorescence at a time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sheryl View Post
    Amazing the patience we give! Trying to learn - where does the brassovola come in?
    Brassavola is the surname of an Italian nobleman and sometimes patron of botanists. Most instances of brassavola, brassavolae, etc. trace to that patronage, not to any resemblance or relationship to another plant that happened to get tagged with that name..

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