Friday, February 14, 2014

I am a weevil in love .....

And I do anything
To get you into my world
And hold you within
Its a right I defend
Over and over again
What do I do?

Barbara Streisand 

..... no wait.....

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Waiting waiting ....

Dole-eyed follower of William and Kate
Always looking so far,
when something good is so near
How I wish she'll kiss me quick
Before I turn back to….
.... oops too late....

Thursday, February 6, 2014

The Toothed Bulbophyllum

Just a reminder of my horrific experience at the dentist today, which left me somewhat short of haemoglobin.

The latin name for this hot growing orchid from Section Cirrhopetalum is Bulbophyllum dentiferum. Many members in this section have highly mobile labellum and flowers arranged like a fan - see for example B. auratum and this one.

Saturday, February 1, 2014

Stahlianthus sp

Stahlianthus is a little known genus of smallish gingers from S. India and Indo China. There are probably a handful of species although new ones are continuously being identified. The most common species in horticulture is Stahlianthus involucratus, notably a red-leaf form which is interesting even when not blooming.

I have been growing this plant for many years now, which differs from S. involucratus by its narrow grass-like leaves. The flower appear out of a cup-like bract - very interesting but also very infrequent in our climate.

With the very limited literature that I have, I can only hazard a guess on it ID - probably Stahlianthus pedicelatus from the NE Thailand.

You can see its description here.

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