[pleurothallid-l] Multi flowered monsters
pondeeza at enternet.co.nz
Mon Dec 13 01:37:19 EST 2004
Hi Thomas (and others?),
Just received some dry seed from a young guy who helped here over the
holidays. He made a cross on a chunk of Masdevallia macrura I gave
him. Don't know if you are into hybrids? This might be about the
ugliest you could dream of! It is macrura x pachyura. The latter has
a multifloral spike I seem to recall. I'm guess Lyn would have a
picture of it on her WP. You could use it to experiment with over
there in Holland - or is it Germany, then throw most out before they
flowered! Any problems posting you a pinch, or is the post office
irradiating all mail over there like they are/were in the USA? The
above offer of orchid seed does not apply to those in the USA as I
would hate to alert Carnivore to your emails! An expensive Phyto
Cert is also required into USA now for seed/pollen/flasks/plants.
You talk of coconut water, Thomas? Is this from green coconuts or
ripe? Here we call "coconut water" that which comes from green ones
and "coconut milk"is from those round brown hairy ones that have been
stripped and have the hard white "meat" inside that is made into
desiccated coconut for cooking or made into copra by the natives
where it grows. Then there is coconut cream available here in tins
which appears to be the "meat" ground up into a thick white cream and
very rich in coconut oil. Not sure if it has the water or milk
factor included (and thus the growth hormones) or not.
Any experts out there know which best carries the growth factors?
Some say water/milk needs filtering to take out protein material
first and make it clear or pH problems can occur.
As an aside. I tried the canned coco cream once when I couldn't buy
any coconuts and I got layers of congealed white coconut "wax"
floating on the agar! Looked very like fungus growing on the top!
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