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Poster Ed M Offline
Posted 05/01/11 12:38 PM
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Aspidogyne mystacina is one of the so-called "Jewel Orchids" from South America. It's native to wet mountainous areas of Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, and northern Brazil, where it grows in heavy shade. The leaves have a beautiful patterning of bronze, brown, and an irridescent green shimmer. The flowers are a little over half an inch across...pretty cool looking in a close-up. I took these photos last week after the first flower opened. Currently there are several flowers open and I guess I'll discover if they'll all open up on the stem at one time or sequentially.

I got my plant from Eric Michaels a year and a half ago. He said it was fairly rare in cultivation. I have it growing in straight New Zealand sphagnum moss, kept moist at all times. It's currently putting up several new growths.
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#273435 - 05/01/11 01:27 PM Re: Aspidogyne mystacina [Re: Ed M]
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That is extremely cool!

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#273444 - 05/01/11 03:33 PM Re: Aspidogyne mystacina [Re: Ed M]
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Neato!
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#273446 - 05/01/11 04:24 PM Re: Aspidogyne mystacina [Re: Tom--Orchidghost]
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LOve the weird terrestrials! Niceone, Ed. And glad to hear you are ok.
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#273452 - 05/01/11 04:40 PM Re: Aspidogyne mystacina [Re: Ed M]
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'Love the leaf color and the markings!
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#273464 - 05/01/11 07:26 PM Re: Aspidogyne mystacina [Re: Ed M]
briguy Offline
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that's so neat!
you gonna try to self it?
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#273512 - 05/02/11 06:55 AM Re: Aspidogyne mystacina [Re: Ed M]
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neat for sure!

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#273603 - 05/03/11 12:29 AM Re: Aspidogyne mystacina [Re: Ed M]
Mathias Offline
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What a special orchid! I love the foliage, and the flower is interesting.

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