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2016 Vivi's Orchid Corner

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Cyclopogon lindleyanus, June 2016, Vol. 20, Issue 6

Dear Orchid Friends:

Many orchids make perfect houseplants! One such orchid is Cyclopogon lindleyanus, which is highlighted in this month's article. These terrestrial orchids look quite different thand commonly recognized orchids. Cycl. lindleyanus is a species and found in South Florida, Central and South America and of course anywhere a dedicated orchid grower resides! This terrestrial orchid grows on forest floors at elevations from 450 meters to 1500 meters.

The word Cyclopogon is based on the Greek language; kyklos meaning circle, and pogon meaning beard. The premise is the flower sepals resemble a circle of beards.

Variegated green and whilte leaves can easily be mistaken as a type of leafy foliage vs. an orchid. Leaves have a similar substance as Ludisia discolor (jewel orchids) or the plant Wandering jew.

This is a small plant with miniature flowers. Inflorescences grow upward from the center of the plant bearing well over 30 individual flowers on the length of the stalk. Inflorescences are approximately 10 inches tall. Flowers are green and white with flower bracts extending outward from the stem and spiral around the stem. Cycl. lindleyanus generally bloom February to April.

Grow these orchids in an environment similar to growing conditions of phalaenopsis; lower light, moisture and humdity, intermediate temperatures, and more shade. Use a light, humous rich planting medium. Maintain the plant foliage by cutting the stems of the flowers after blooming.

Cycl. lindleyanus are considered relatively easy to grow and maintain. Desiring a new way to use orchids? Use them as houseplants as well! Enjoy,

Until next time,

vivi

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