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Poster Ed M Offline
Posted 05/01/11 12:38 PM
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]
mrs crabass Offline
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That is extremely cool!

#273444 - 05/01/11 03:33 PM Re: Aspidogyne mystacina [Re: Ed M]
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Do not use my photos without my permission.

#273446 - 05/01/11 04:24 PM Re: Aspidogyne mystacina [Re: Tom--Orchidghost]
Brian Monk Offline
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LOve the weird terrestrials! Niceone, Ed. And glad to hear you are ok.

If I could take back half of the stupid things that I said, I would have probably said only half as much.

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#273452 - 05/01/11 04:40 PM Re: Aspidogyne mystacina [Re: Ed M]
Yoshi-SJC Offline
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Registered: 06/20/03
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Loc: Left Coast
'Love the leaf color and the markings!
Much of politics today is designed to make people stupid, confused and afraid of change. - Thomas L. Friedman

#273464 - 05/01/11 07:26 PM Re: Aspidogyne mystacina [Re: Ed M]
briguy Offline

Registered: 09/29/03
Posts: 1759
Loc: no longer in paaaaaaaaawtucket...
that's so neat!
you gonna try to self it?
The thing is this, to look 'em in the eyes and keep cool whatever happens, not for the fraction of a moment forgetting that they are made of merde, that they are all of them composed entirely of merde...
e e cummings

#273512 - 05/02/11 06:55 AM Re: Aspidogyne mystacina [Re: Ed M]
Ursula Offline
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Registered: 12/31/06
Posts: 8235
Loc: Fair Lawn NJ USA
neat for sure!

#273603 - 05/03/11 12:29 AM Re: Aspidogyne mystacina [Re: Ed M]
Mathias Offline
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Registered: 01/05/09
Posts: 1102
Loc: Stockholm, Sweden
What a special orchid! I love the foliage, and the flower is interesting.


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