[pleurothallid-l] Pleurothallid agar, Restrepias etc
pondeeza at enternet.co.nz
Sun Dec 19 17:04:52 EST 2004
Good to know there is still someone else out there! Many thanks for
your instructions re propagating Restrepia leaves. You covered it
magnificently. I seem to recall plastic bags came into the method I
read about. Any experience/comment on putting the compot in a
plastic bag to keep humidity up?
I just called a good friend who has a number of Pleurothallus plants.
She gets pods and will drop a plant over to me when she gets some so
I can try them at different dates. She says she threw out the last
lot of Restrepia pods but will save some for me to try next time
As you would know hand pollinating many of these tiny flowered genera
takes some doing but it seems some insects (ants?) do it regularly
here out in greenhouses. I had to just about "stand on my head" to
pollinate a Restrepia once and only got a dozen protocorms which
obviously didn't like the media I put them on. Maybe they like it
real weak? I'd share the formula with you if I had one which worked!
Maybe Thomas or others have some answers. Maybe someone out there
can put you onto a US lab that has success?
Yes, there is real confusion over the Rstp striata name here. There
are about 4 or 5 varieties going under that name around New Zealand.
Sounds like you have a good collection and your ear to the ground
over new names? Are there any authoritative illustrated articles
with the right names that you can point me too? Preferably with
Green coconuts on special for Christmas! My experience in the islands
when climbing an extinct volcano looking for orchids was that the
water from green ones was cool and thirst quenching but those that
had a brown tinge and were maturing had ghastly fermented tasting
water inside! We had to stop in a deserted village to get a drink on
the way back in the dark! Further up the mountain water from bamboo
was good to drink too. I seem to recall the green ones had a
jelly-like "copra" at that stage which probably has good food value.
Possibly used in Asian cooking? Ripe coconuts are all I see in our
small city greengrocers.
Ron Maunder, Tauranga, New Zealand
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