Tuesday, August 30, 2016

catasetum tabulare, PUNCHED hole

a recent bloom of the catasetum tabulare. only with two flowers but unfortunately something bored a hole through the labellum as they were about to open.
the flowers were completely perfect before i went outstation and three days later when i came back, one with full bloom but the other one busted. both the labellum had something bored into it and must have triggered the pollina to eject in one of them,

the black coloration just above the tongue like callus is actually a hole, through and through. not visible in the pic because of the black background

the damage labellum from the back view

actual color of the flower, in natural background settung

Friday, August 5, 2016

twin bracts, twin flower on another bracts and without lateral sepals!

just when i thought that i would not be posting the same catasetum i posted here before multiple times but then again it did something extraordinary for a catasetum.

first it developed a twin bract and lower down the same spike, two flowers on the same bract. this is something not common for catasetums, for the 100 over spikes i had witness, this is the first time for me.

the twin flower that develop on one single bract

twin bracts that develop side by side

had to post the lip of the cristatum alba, couldn't resist the beauty of it

the two last pic is the smaller twin flower that opened up last, after all the others had wilted, but another surprise, NO LATERAL SEPALS!

This little one is just full of surprises..... =)

Sunday, March 6, 2016

deflasking, part two

after sometime of 'dormant' attitude towards the catasetum due to work issue, finally held myself up to move the lazy bones to deflask some of them. unfortunately some of the flask had already 'expired' due to leakage from the corroded lid caused by the bleach solution, leaving a dry plant and media in it.

well, these are the survivors, and some of it are seedlings i deflask some time ago as well. also manage to replate another crosses done a few months back.

catasetum imperiale x catasetum socco, the lazy me chose a larger vessel and chucked all the protocorns into one single bottle, well, initially it was covering about quarter of the surface but eventually it became a mini jungle as shown in the picture below. well, took me a long time to separate the roots but eventually ended up cutting most of them off as they are too entangled to each other

 catasetum ciliatum, not as much roots as the above, but literally need not need to cut a single root to separate them

i put the deflasked seedlings into plastic bag due to the current heat wave, lost some seedling despite watering twice daily during the heat wave but did not do them any good. lost a couple of compots.

more replated protocorns, i know i gonna regret this in a couple of months

catasetum hopkinsonianum that was deflaked earlier

survivors of the current heat wave when i did not put the seedlings into 'sphag bag' method, catasetum incurvum

catasetum cirrhaeoides, too late of deflasking, some ended up dead in the flask while others went into dormancy,

procedures of in vitro cultivation of orchids are meticulous and time consuming, rather tiring as well. anyway, lessons learned and may the knowledge be useful to me by the day i retire. 
but as for now, i would say flasking is too taxing for me with my current work. 

Friday, February 19, 2016

catasetum rooselvetianum

this is the second time this plant bloomed for me. the first time, only one flower bud successfully developed.
this is the second time and all four flower buds manage to made it. the spike is erect in nature, flowers are small, about once inch in height and minimally scented.

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Clowesetum Raymond Lerner

Clowesetum Raymond Lerner is a cross between Clowesia russelliana and Catasetum pileatum. the offspring flower's size mimics the pileatum, big is size and carries the green coloration of russelliana in the same time.

hard to get a good angle with this one, the inflorescence is heaving and with the long pending stalk, it is hard to manipulate the angle for photo shoot.

a close up on the labellum, showing the longitudinal striated callus

the flower started with greenish hue, turns white as it ages and eventually light yellow shade sets in as the flower wilts away.

was thinking to make a integeneric cross with this one, but had been quite sloppy in keeping up with keeping orchids due to work demand. will update if i do pollinate and make intergeneric hybrids out of them.
hopefully one fine day i will bounce back to life with these orchids and have more time for them.

bloom on 16/3/2016

from second spike, flowers gaining more white hue as it matures

Saturday, November 7, 2015

catasetum denticulatum, another variety

one of the newer acquisition, another variety of the denticulatum. this denti has lesser red spots on the labellum, the labelllum is more yellowish while my first denticulatum has more red tone in it.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

double lip catasetum cristatum, a totally wicked look

this bud was the first on the spike but was the slowest and the most under developed. initially i thought it would be aborted by the plant but i continue to grow.
the only funny thing i noted about this bud other than the size is the non resupinate position which is awkward for a cristatum. when it blasted open this morning, was surprised to see how it looks like. totally wicked look!!

side view of the flower, can see both the labellum on top and bottom

front view, looks like a creature with jaw that is full with large fangs opening its mouth

for those who are not familar with how a normal cristatum looks like, here it is