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KyushuCalanthe

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A few orchids in the garden this past week.

In a small side garden under a Japanese apricot tree (Prunus mume, called ume in Japanese) there is a shade garden with a few orchids including this Liparis nervosa v. bituberculata. It is a smaller variety of this pan-global species which typically can stand 60 or more centimeters tall, but these only get to around 15 cm tall including the flower stalk. The yellow flowered plant is another Japanese native, Lysmachia tashiroi, an uncommon species that is actually a breeze to grow. The fruit is a fallen ume.



The flowers are dark purple with a fluorescent lime green column. Tiny, only around 1 cm across.



A nice little native epiphyte is Eria reptans which is wide ranging in southern Asia. It reaches its northern limit in south-central Honshu.



One of the more attractive Epipactis IMO is E. thunbergii. It is truly a cosmopolitan species, being found throughout northern Asia from boreal conditions right down to Kyushu which is nearly subtropical. Yes, it really is that color and another bonus is the ease of its culture.



Here are a couple nobile hybrid Dendrobs that were planted last year to test their cold tolerance. Both came through with flying colors (lowest temp this winter was around - 2.5 C) and are flowering now.

Rainbow Dance



Little Carnival



Hope you enjoyed these.
 
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biothanasis

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Fantastic Tom!! It is so cool to grow them outside and see this kind of progress!!!!
 

jewel

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love the nobiles:D! its raining apricots here too:crazy:
 
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etex

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Lovely plants and blooms! Thank you for sharing this outdoor beauty with us!

The apricot looks perfect,too!
 

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