Alien orchid

Nov. 13, 2014 [update]: The flower developed incredibly quickly and the other morning, POP! It’s open! It’s really fascinating how the “bucket” started filling up with the literally dripping nectar.

Coryanthes macrantha

Coryanthes macrantha

Coryanthes macrantha

 

Larry actually made a neat video talking about this alien flower:

Nov. 9, 2014 [update]: The Coryanthes macrantha had another tiny flower spike when we first got it. We didn’t know if it would survive the change in environment initially. It’s crazy exciting to see how quickly the bud is developing! It’s like an alien growing.

Coryanthes macrantha

Coryanthes macrantha

Coryanthes macrantha

Coryanthes macrantha

Oct. 8, 2014: We just got what may be the most outrageously alien orchid we have ever seen! It’s from an eBay seller we haven’t purchased a plant from before.

Coryanthes macrantha
Coryanthes macrantha, the “Bucket orchid”

Coryanthes macrantha
The flower is incredibly unique even though it’s basically wilted.

 

Coryanthes macranthaAfter taking these pictures, we cut the flower off the plant and Larry dissected it. Unfortunately we did not have the foresight to take pictures of the dissected specimen. Good thing there’s another flower spike actually growing!

Coryanthes macranthaEven Buddy finds the flower interesting!

Orchid count: #458

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