Miniature orchid fun at our first GLOS meeting

Dec. 30, 2014 [update]: It is fascinating observing the flowers of the Lepanthes telipogoniflora develop. It’s like origami how such a tiny plant produces these satellite dish flowers.

Lepanthes telipogoniflora

Lepanthes telipogoniflora

Dec. 21, 2014 [update]: The Lepanthes telipogoniflora has finally bloomed and it’s so cute!

Lepanthes telipogoniflora

Lepanthes telipogoniflora

Nov. 1, 2014 [update]: The Pleurothallis amparoana is blooming and it’s so wacky cute.

Pleurothallis amparoana

Pleurothallis amparoana

Pleurothallis amparoanaLarry wanted to show how tiny these flowers are compared to his fingers.

Pleurothallis amparoanaHere’s a nice clear picture that Larry had took.

Sept. 20, 2014: Lansing will forever be our second home. When life in the D gets too crazy, a quick drive out to the Lansing area never fails to de-stress. Because of that, we figured joining the Greater Lansing Orchid Society (GLOS) made sense to feed our orchidelirium further. This weekend was the first official meeting we had the opportunity to attend and it was a ton of fun!

The guest speaker was Marni Turkel from California and she brought a lot of amazing miniature orchids for sale. That was perfect since now that we brought in our plants from the makeshift greenhouse into our spare bedroom, we really didn’t have any more space left for regular-sized plants. We also couldn’t resist participating in the silent auction and the raffle. Feels great to give to the society!

From Marni Turkel’s wares, we picked up several exciting little gems:

Pleurothallis amparoana
Pleurothallis amparoana

Pleurothallis amparoanaThis plant immediately caught our eyes while the vendor table was being setup. We initially thought it was a Scaphosepalum but we got more excited to find out it’s one of those fuzzy toilet bowl orchids!

Masdevallia decumana
Masdevallia decumana

Masdevallia decumana internet picture(picture from Internet) We will always love Masdevallias no matter how finicky they are with growing conditions.

Porroglossum hirtzii 'Blanco'
Porroglossum hirtzii ‘Blanco’

Porroglossum hirtzii internet picture(picture from Internet) I’ve always wanted to supplement our Masdevallia and Dracula collection with Porroglossums but they’re not as widely available. We’re geeked to have been able to pick up a cute little plant from Marni.

Lepanthes telipogoniflora
Lepanthes telipogoniflora

Lepanthes telipogoniflora internet picture(picture from Internet) It’s the infamous tiny orchid with enormously disproportionate flowers! Larry really wanted to get one of these so we did.

The few plants on the silent auction table looked great and we were able to win these two:

Paph. Crossianum (insigne x venustum)
Paph. Crossianum (insigne x venustum)

Paph. Crossianum intenrte picture(picture from Internet) We didn’t check how the flowers of this hybrid would look before bidding since we saw two Paph species that we truly love as parents.

Paph. Darling 'Christiane' AM/AOS
Paph. Darling ‘Christiane’ (AM/AOS 81 1973; AM/AOS 83 1983)

Paph. Darling 'Christiane' AM/AOS
When this plant got on the silent auction table, it commanded attention with this beautiful flower. We were so excited to win it.

Paph. Darling 'Christiane' AM/AOS

Paph. Darling 'Christiane' AM/AOS

Paph. Darling 'Christiane' AM/AOSIt’s always fascinating to see hair on plants!

The raffle table only had this one orchid available among the other non-plant goodies that were there to chose from. We got to take it home with us!

Brassia verrucosa
Brassia verrucosa

Brassia verrucosa internet picture(picture from Internet) Spider orchids!

Orchid count: #427-433

 

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