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Ari Malek
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And this is why they call Masdevallias the jewels of the orchid world... This is Masdevallia Machu Picchu, a cool-growing hybrid with such a hot magenta color it's impossible to capture on camera (much more dark and saturated than in this photo). It's almost 6" top to bottom!

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A number of the Masdevallia orchids in the cool fridge are coming into bloom now. This beauty is Masdevallia Angel Candy.

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Here's an unusual one - Chiloschista lunifera is a leafless orchid that gets all its photosynthesis done through the exposed greenish roots. It grows in Thailand and Southeast Asia and came to me in a mailed envelope from Malaysia a couple of years ago (via eBay). This one's still a baby - as it gets older and develops more roots, it should have much longer spikes with many more flowers. And it's even a little fragrant 🙂.

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Got this bright orange beauty from one of the vendors at the MN Winter Carnival Orchid Show last weekend. It's called Blc. Orange Treat ('NN') and it's practically electric!

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Bulbophyllum is one of the largest genera of orchids (and of all flowing plants), with more than 2000 distinct species. Many are pleasantly fragrant, but some have really foul smell to attract their main pollinators - flies.
This alien-looking beauty is Bulb. Elizabeth Ann 'Buckleberry' FCC/AOS - an orchid I got on eBay about 6 years ago as a 3-growth division that has quickly grown to a nice specimen with dozens of pink umbels. It's not one of the stinky ones, thankfully ☺️.

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Luna is really liking the fire after an evening walk in the bitterly cold world outside.
#ns
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First bloom! Laelia Canariensis 'Golden Glow' HCC/AOS with fantastic canary yellow flowers 3 1/4" across. I found this orchid online last spring.

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1/2/17
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This Oncidium 'Twinkle' orchid has quickly grown into a specimen-size plant, with a huge number of flower spikes. It has strong vanilla scent from morning to mid-afternoon.

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Sophronitis cernua is a great miniature Brazilian orchid, a reliable twice-a-year bloomer I grow mounted on a hunk of cork bark.

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Only a little patch of open water is left, barely, and the geese make like they're on the French Riviera... ☺️
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