- Nov 15, 2017
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As I say every chance I get, this is my favorite species. I first read about it in Dr. Koopowitz’ PLANT EXTINCTION: A GLOBAL CRISIS, in the 90s. It seemed very hard to find for sale at that time. The story of how untold numbers were ripped from Hong Kong habitat, in bloom, to be sunk into fish aquaria as decorations broke my heart — and then my Dad showed me photos of his boyhood tanks with this orchid slowly drowning in them. “They cost a whole quarter each.” Sigh. The twinning clone is from Terry Partin. This is the plant that has done some really weird stuff in the past; grotesque half flowers, dorsal as laterals, a double-stem situation, one bloom was a huge, low-stemmed flower that was just very troll-like, rough looking. But these twins were worth waiting for! The singleton is from an eBay auction where no one bid. Twins definitely need repotting and please excuse the dust, I just had a hernia fixed and these photos are basically my first time outta bed.