Setting up for the big show

Jul. 11, 2014 [update]: One of the buds on the Dresslerella caesariata is definitely open now. How much more open it will get remains to be seen.

Dresslerella caesariata

Jul. 4, 2014 [update]: The Dresslerella caesariata is budding. Some of the buds are starting to turn color too!

Dresslerella caesariata

Dresslerella caesariata

Jul. 3, 2014 [update]: We took better photos of the Masd. princeps flower today.

Masd. princeps

Masd. princeps

Jul. 2, 2014 [update]: The Masd. princeps bud is now open!

Masd. princeps

Masd. princeps

Jun. 15, 2014 [update]: The Masdevallia princeps bud is growing big quick.

Masdevallia princeps

Apr. 11, 2014: It’s the weekend that we have been waiting for since we contracted our orchidelirium! We spent Thursday and Friday afternoon/evening helping out with whatever grunt work we can do. It was absolutely amazing to see the place transform into what would be the most spectacular Michigan orchid show this year, in my opinion.

We obviously did not plan to pick up any plants during the setup days but our fellow Michigan Orchid Society member started the ball rolling by giving us one of his extra Prosthechea cochleata plants (will forever be Encyclia cochleata to me). One more plant off my orchid bucket list! Thanks, Paul!

Prosthechea cochleata
Prosthechea cochleata

Prosthechea cochleata flower internet picture
Prosthechea cochleata flower (picture from Internet). Also commonly known as the “octopus orchid”.

And then, the vendors slowly arrive to set up their booths. It took extremely willpower to avoid running over and start shopping. We are but human, though, and we eventually had to walk over and check things out. We picked up the plants we pre-ordered from Ecuagenera. When we first unpacked them, it was a little disheartening since they didn’t look very well. Understandable considering how far they came from. Larry brought back the one that looked very bad and Ecuagenera gave us another plant that cost more than the original plant no questions asked! These guys are absolutely awesome.

Masd. ventriculariaThis is the plant that Larry brought back to the vendor to exchange, Masd. ventricularia. We got to keep it (thanks Ecuagenera!)

Masd. ventricularia flower internet pictureI trust Larry’s mighty green thumb can rehab this plant. Their flowers are odd-pretty. (picture from Internet)

Masdevallia lintricula
Masdevallia lintricula is the plant that Ecuagenera gave us when Larry brought back the Masdevallia ventricularia. They chose this plant to give us based on the presence of ‘-tricula-‘ in the names it seems.

Masd. lintricula
Still odd-pretty flower! (picture from Internet)

Zootrophion ximenaeThis is one of the other plants we got from Ecuagenera, Zootrophion ximenae. It was interesting to see how much of a miniature this plant really is.

Zootrophion ximenae flowers internet pictureLarry’s Zootrophion collection is growing and we’re so excited for this one. (picture from Internet)

Dresslerella caesariataWe also got Dresslerella caesariata. The leaves and stems are really hairy!

Dresslerella caesariata flower internet picture
This is one of those orchids where you wonder how they evolved into these forms and what pollinates them. (picture from Internet)

We also picked up a couple of plants that my brother pre-ordered.

Stelis pilosa
Stelis pilosa

Stelis pilosa flowers internet pictureStelis pilosa is one of those ‘hairy toilet bowl’ orchids that my brother would like to collect. (picture from Internet)

Lepanthes caprimulgus
Lepanthes caprimulgus

Lepanthes caprimulgus flower internet pictureThe flower of the Lepanthes caprimulgus (picture from Internet) looks like a cartoonslug.

Later in the day, Natt’s Orchids arrive with his plants and I immediately see the Masdevallia that was in one of the displays at the Ann Arbor Orchid Society show last month which I really wanted.

Masdevallia princeps
Masdevallia princeps

Masdevallia princeps flower internet pictureThis picture from the Internet does not do justice to the absolute beauty of the Masdevallia princeps actual flowers

While walking around the vendor area more, the guy at Windswept in Time struck a conversation with us. Windswept in Time is a plant vendor from Ohio that’s always at these orchid shows but doesn’t have a website yet. He noticed that Larry was carrying around a small cutting of a begonia.

Brief intermission to tell the story of the begonia cutting: While we were cleaning up the display area, there were some green plant parts that got knocked off in the process of putting them up in the exhibit. Before the other folks can toss them in the trash, Larry asked if he can take them home to grow. He got a small section of begonia and some spider plant trimmings.

The Windswept in Time guy happened to have a begonia plant that he was selling which started the conversation. While at his booth, we couldn’t resist browsing the mounted plants he had.

Ornithophora radicansIt was a very fascinating and educational browsing session since every plant that we touched or pointed tho, the guy would tell us a fun fact about it–one unique benefit from volunteering to help setup the show; it’s like having a private shopping session of the vendor area! This particular plant was extra interesting since the flowers look like birds. It’s called Ornithophora radicans.

Ornithophora radicans flowers internet pictureThe flowers of Ornithophora radicans (picture from Internet) are tiny but prolific.

Ornithophora radicans flower internet pictureThe profile view of the flower (picture from Internet) shows the bird head best.

Orchid count: #122-130

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