Neofinetia

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Neofinetia Red

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Neofinitia.Darwinara Charm ‘Blue Star’

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‘Lou Sneary’

Neofinetia x Rhynchostylis = Neostylis (e.g. ‘Lou Sneary’)

Neofinetia falcata is arguably the first orchid ever to be grown as a house plant in Japan in the 1600’s. It is also known as the Samurai Orchid, as Shogun Tokugawa Ienari fell in love with the plant and it is rumored that samurai would help in searching and collecting the plants from the mountains. It is one of the world’s highest priced orchid (depending on the rarity of each variety), with a history of some plants selling for $100,000+. Neofinetias are enjoyed as bonsai are, for the foliage and the overall presentation of the plant. In Japan, it is said that the key to growing them is to enjoy the plant everyday of the year, not just for the flowers. They generally flower in June and July, and have a very sweet fragrance (somewhat like Jasmine) that is strongest at dusk and dawn.

Water
like to stay slightly wet between watering from late April until September or October, when the weather is warm and the days are long.If allow the moss to completely dry out in May or June, neofinetia often abort flowering for the season.During the cool season, only water or mist the plants on sunny days (if you have high humidity, you don’t need to do this often). these plants have a warm and wet growing season, and then a cool and dry season in Japan. We have found that the plants do not require a cool dry rest to grow and flower well.
Fertilizer

Fertilizing is important in the growing season only, which is from April until September/October. Fertilizer may be cut out 100% in the winter and when the plants are in bloom.
Temperature

Fuukiran are very strong plants, and are quite easy to grow. can tolerate temperatures from 0 to 37 degrees Celsius. Ideal temperatures would be 15 degrees Celsius at night, with a daytime temp in the mid 25 to 28 degrees Celsius
shade

They enjoy medium light conditions (no direct sun)
Repotting

Neofinetia can grow in almost any substrate as long as they get good moisture to the roots with good air flow. They can grow in sphagnum moss, bark, bare root in baskets (like Vandas if the humidity levels are high) and mounted on cork slabs.
Growing Outdoors

Semi-shaded with brighter morning sun will make these plants grow to their full potential. Being too cold and wet is often followed by bacterial or fungal rot. Also remember to keep the plant watered adequately as sun and wind will dry the plants out quickly.

Links

http://newworldorchids.com/neofinetia-care-sheet/

https://www.wikiwand.com/en/Neofinetia

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Oncidium

Common name Dancing lady or butterfly orchid

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Btcm. Hwuluduen Chameleon Colorful Lake

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Burr. Guann Shin Diamond

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Odontocidium Wildcat ‘Rainbow’

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Onc Twingle Fragrance fantacy

Light

Oncidiums are more forgiving of bright, even direct, light than other popular orchids. They can cope with direct light in the morning and prefer bright or even very bright conditions. East, south or west facing windows are all suitable positions.

The leaves should be bright green as opposed to dark green or reddish green. Reddish green indicates too much light and dark green too little light.
Water

while watering allow the compost to become a little dry between waterings.They can withstand considerable drought because their large pseudobulbs act as stores. Wrinkled pseudobulbs generally indicate a lack of water. Black rotten roots are a sign of overwatering.

Temperature

Generally, the most popular oncidiums, with small yellow flowers, large pseudobulbs and strappy leaves, are those classed as intermediate to warm orchids. These require a minimum temperature ranging from 13°C to 25°C .
Humidity

Oncidiums enjoy moist air, requiring a minimum of 40-50% humidity in the immediate vicinity of the plant. Humidity should be increased with higher temperatures. The ideal humidity is 55-75%. Give as much ventilation or air movement as possible
Potting

Oncidiums do not like root disturbance and should only be repotted when either the compost becomes broken down or the pot becomes too small for the new growth. They like to be slightly under potted in a very free-draining bark-based potting media. As a general rule, repot when necessary. Every two years is ideal when the new growth is 5-7.5cm (2-3in) long.

Various Genera in the Oncidium Alliance includes

1)Brassidium “Brsdm.” (Brassia & Oncidium);
2)Oncidium “Onc.”;
3)Wilsonara “Wils.” (Cochlioda x Odontoglossum x Oncidium);
4)Odontocidium “Odcdm.” (Odontoglossum x Oncidium);
5)Odontonia “Odtna.” (Odontoglossum x Miltonia);
6)Miltassia “Mtssa.” (Miltonia x Brassia);
7)Colmanara “Colm.” (Miltonia x Oncidium x Odontoglossum);
8)Vuylstekeara “Vuyl.” (Cochlioda x Miltonia x Odontoglossum);
9)Miltonidium “Mtdm.” (Miltonia x Oncidium);
10) Burrageara “Burr.” (Cochlioda x Miltonia x Odontoglossum x Oncidium).

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Rhynchostylis retusa (also called Foxtail Orchid)

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Rhynchostylis retusa

The orchid has a bunch consisting of more than 100 pink-spotted white flowers.

In India, the plant is most common in North-East, Orissa and Andhra Pradesh.The plant is in the verge of extinction in India. Rhychostylis Retusa is recognized as the state flower of Arunachal Pradesh and Assam in India as well the Uva Province of Sri Lanka.

Rhynchostylis orchids grow epiphytically in the Asian rainforests on the lower parts of trees, unlike Vanda orchids, which grow on the tops.Rhynchostylis retusa, generally found in Assam in abundance
Care
Rhynchostylis orchids grow in shaded areas so they do not tolerate much direct sunlight unlike Vanda. In fact, they require bright indirect sunlight (something more than for Phalaenopsis but without a direct sun in midday). they are warm to hot growing orchids and don’t tolerate cool temperatures. It is a good idea to grow them bare-rooted without a substrate or in pure large bark in hanging baskets, just like Vanda orchids. They prefer humid air but they can tolerate somewhat dry air. Their roots look like as Vanda ones, but they are actually more tender and fragile, you should water them regularly but allow them to dry between watering, fertilizers should be applied in spring-winter months but not so abundant as for Vanda, because their growth rate is not so fast as Vanda’s.

Blooming

It normally bloom from fall to winter

photos
http://www.flowersofindia.net/catalog/slides/Foxtail%20Orchid.html

http://staugorchidsociety.org/gallery63.htm
information

https://www.wikiwand.com/en/Rhynchostylis_retusa

http://indiabiodiversity.org/species/show/230985/?max=8&offset=0&classification=265799&taxon=44959&view=grid

Rhynchostylis Orchids: Tips On Growing Foxtail Orchid Plants

http://orchids9.blogspot.in/2011/05/rhynchostylis-retusa-orchid-flower.html

http://www.antonechan.com/orchids/info/notes.htm

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Dendrobium species in kerala

Seventeen species and two subspecies are found in kerala.

Some of the dendrobium species  available in kerala are of the  following:-

1) Den . aqueum

Flowers are large and white and lip yellow and puberulous .

Occurrence : Palghat District

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2)Dendrobium barbatulum

This is a large flowered species.

Occurrence : Wayanad and Kannur Districts.

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3) Dendrobium crepidatum

This species were collected  from Meghalaya . This species occurs in two forms-one with normal flowers and the other with more or less actinomorphic and self pollinating flowers .

Occurrence : Wayanad and Kannur Districts

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4) Dendrobium herbaceum

These species were  collected  from ‘ East India ‘ and   it much branched and small flowered .

Occurrence : Trivandrum, Idukki, Palghat, Wayanad and Kannur Districts

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5 ) Dendrobium macrostachyum

This species were collected from Sri Lanka. This is the most common species of Dendrobium in the lower elevations in Kerala.

Occurrence : Trivandrum, Quilon, Kottayam, Idukki, Thrissur, Palghat, Calicut, Wayanad and Kannur districts.

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6 ) Dendrobium nanum

These species were collected from Bababoodan hills in Karnataka.

Occurrence : Pathanamthitta, Palgahat and Wayanad districts.

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7) Dendrobium-microbulbon

This species were collected  from Ootacamund in Nilgiris.

Occurrence : Trivandrum District.

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Vanda Kerala species

From the book Orchids Of India III: Biodiversity And Status Of Vanda Jones found that the variety of vanda possible in Kerala, India are

1) vanda vtessalata

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2) vanda testacea

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3) vanda thwaitesii

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4)  Vanda wightii

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we believe these plants unexpectedly found in our backyard is one of these species

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Reference

http://presam77.blogspot.in/2011/04/vanda-wightii-versus-vanda-thwaitesii.html

http://pettayil.blogspot.in/

http://presam77.blogspot.in/

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Dactylorhiza fuchsii

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Dactylorhiza fuchsii a splendid cultivated form of this easy plant. Attractive greyish leaves are lightly covered in diffuse purple spots.
This is held below long, packed spikes of shell-pink flowers, each of which is intricately spotted and dotted with
candy pink.An easy plant, in the garden, in a moist sunny soil. The best Dactylorhiza to start with,
and one which will, in time, make a splendid garden display.

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Ophrys lutea

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Ophrys lutea is found in Portugal, Spain, France, Italy, Greece and the surrounding Mediterranean islands and plus
western area North Africa in cool grassy areas of 0 to 1800m in elevation.It is found in areas with partial sun.
Plant blooms from winter to spring with two to ten 2.5 cm flowers.
Plant should be grown from seeds. Avoid fertilizers, transplanting, and fungicide because it may kill
the symbiotic fungus. Plant in low nutrient soil with partial sun.

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Cyrtochilum macranthum

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Cyrtochilum macranthum is native to Columbia, Ecuador and Peru. It is a protected species according to the Washington Convention.Cyrtochilum macranthum is a species in the genus Cyrtochilum which belongs to the family of the Orchidaceae (Orchideen).Cyrtochilum macranthum has simple leaves. They are linear with entire margins.The flowers are orchid-shaped and yellow. The plants bloom from May to July.

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Ascocentrum garayi

ascocentrum   -    garayi

Ascocentrum has about six species in Asia and the Philippines that are compact vanda like plants and
have upright inflorescences with dense cones of smaller flowers.
Most of these plants are warm to intermediate growers that like slat basket culture with little or no potting media.
The offspring have the small plant size of the ascocentrum combined with the larger flower size of the vanda.

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