Epidendrum pseudonocturnum

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Ok, so I had Epidendrum pseudonocturnum in bloom recently, which is similar to Epi. nocturnum, except that Epi. pseudonocturnum is a larger species, both vegetatively and florally.

This species is recorded from multiple South American countries, and was confused with Epi. nocturum. True Epi. pseudonocturnum are very hard to come by, they are sometimes passed as Epi. nocturnum. I find it an easy species to grow in my climate, but in other's conditions, you may not be able to keep the plant alive but more than a few minutes... they need constant humidity, and stagnant water underneath the plant is a MUST. My plant is a specimen, about 3 feet wide by 4 feet tall... the longest cane is about two and a half feet... the old stems keep blooming from the same, old, dead-looking inflorescence...

Here are the pics, these are High-Resolution, and are in link form because of that:




-P.A. Mahon
Interesting. How long do the flowers last? When my nocturnum bloomed, the flowers lasted only a day. I figured I was doing something wrong.
This species blooms 2 days for me, while a typical Epi. nocturnum blooms a single day... both species usually self-pollinate... =(


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Mahon said:
This species blooms 2 days for me, while a typical Epi. nocturnum blooms a single day... both species usually self-pollinate... =(
Good to know, Pat. I might have to re-think whether I want to keep a plant that has blooms that last only one day. I need to maximize my growing areas!
Heather said:
Dot, at least your nocturnum bloomed during the day so you could enjoy it - even if just for one. :wink:

Pat, nice fotos!
Actually, it must have opened during the night. By late morning when I saw it, it was already starting to fade!
Sometimes, the Epi. nocturnum will start to open late night (really early morning), and then they will fade by noon the next day... or, if the bud is JUST opening on Epi. nocturnum and Epi. pseudonocturnum anytime before noon, it will usually not bloom and pollinate immediately... "helping" the buds open will result in no blooming, and the flower will already wilt and dry somewhat by the next day, and start forming a pod... I learned this again about 2 weeks before this one bloomed... =(

They're both challenging and fun species to keep, even though they bloom for a day or two... they grow like weeds, and if outdoors in Florida or inside a nice greenhouse, the seeds that disperse will pop up in many places... =)