[pleurothallid-l] Mounting Pleuothallis pectinata upside down?

geiger at vetigastropoda.com geiger at vetigastropoda.com
Wed Jun 15 20:48:18 EDT 2011

Dear Jim,

thanks for the info. I got mine also from SBOE. Re growing conditions, that what I use as well (60-80/85F, 80%RH, ~1000 
fc, in greenhouse with Masdevallias, other Pleurothallids [e.g. nossax] and Draculas). I did google-image the species and 
have seen a few more hanging mounts displayed:

The Missouri Botanical Garden website has an old account (Marti, Eichler & Urban, 1893-96: Flora Brasiliensis) on-line. 
Looked for habitat information in there. The illustration shows the plant rooted straight to a branch, with the leaves 
upright, which is obviously impossible. The habitus is described with hanging secondary stems (= leaf petioles) (Caules 
secundarii penduli), so the description is better than the illustration. Habitat indication (p. 413) is only in virgin forests = 
jungle? (sylvis virgineis) and on trees (arboribus) at elevations of roughly 1000 ft (370 m). Flowers June through September.


On Wed Jun 15  6:05 , "James Rassmann"  sent:

>I lusted after P. pectinata for years and finally got one (apparently the 
>only one they had) from SBOE about four years ago. I grow it under intermediate 
>conditions, but suspect that it likes it on the warmer end. It is mounted 
>pendant on a tree fern slab along with a mound of sphagnum and appears to grow 
>only one new leaf per year. It is now about a foot long. It grows along with 
>Draculas and many different Masdevallias and Pleuros in the gh. I don't believe 
>that we can ever expect "rampant" growth out of this species. If you ever find 
>out any habitat info I'd like to hear about it.
>Luck - Jim Rassmann
>  ----- Original Message ----- 
>  From: geiger at vetigastropoda.com 
>  To: pleurothallid-l at lists.ibiblio.org 
>  Sent: Tuesday, June 14, 2011 9:59 
>  Subject: [pleurothallid-l] Mounting 
>  Pleuothallis pectinata upside down?
>I recently (3 months ago) got a Pleurothallis pectinata (aka 
>  the plunger). It came in a 2" plastic pot (opening to top = away from gravity) 
>  in a hanging wood basket with 4 leaves hanging over the side. Then I 
>  at another grower a plant mounted "upside down", the leaves hanging out of the 
>  bottom of a basket. This made sense to me, so I remounted my plant in plenty 
>  of moss, some bark for air in an upside-
>down basket (big opening to floor, 
>  wire hangers attached to former base). The medium and plant are kept in the 
>  basket with crossed wires. The 4 leaves seem to be happy, they flower, but 
>  there has been no 
>growth activity (I kind of get the sense, that the 
>  species is not a fast grower, so I may just be impatient). So I worry whether 
>  I just screwed it up. Does anybody know what the cues are for new leaf 
>  development:
>- positive phototactic
>- geotactic (positive/negative)
>  following the other leaves ?
>Any ideas on how many leaves one should expect 
>  to develop in a given amount of time?
>Anything to consider with mounting 
>  this species?
>Thanks for taking the time. Best 
>  wishes
>  mailing list
>pleurothallid-l at lists.ibiblio.org

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