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Orchidantha foetida, Orchidantha, Orchid-flower

Orchidantha foetida

Orchidantha, Orchid-flower
Family: Lowiaceae
Origin: Thailand
Small shrub 2-5 ftSemi-shadeRegular waterUnusual color

Orchidantha means "Orchid-flower", as one of the petals on the flowers is modified into a labellum, like the flowers of orchids.



Orchidantha foetida, Orchidantha, Orchid-flower


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Orchidantha maxillarioides, Orchidantha, Orchid-flower

Orchidantha maxillarioides

Orchidantha, Orchid-flower
Family: Lowiaceae
Origin: Southeast Asia, China
Small shrub 2-5 ftSemi-shadeRegular waterUnusual colorOrnamental foliage

Orchidantha maxillarioides means "Orchid-flower", as one of the petals on the flowers is modified into a labellum, like the flowers of orchids.



Orchidantha maxillarioides, Orchidantha, Orchid-flower
Orchidantha maxillarioides, Orchidantha, Orchid-flower


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Oxalis sp., Shamrock, Wood Sorrel

Oxalis sp.

Shamrock, Wood Sorrel
Family: Oxalidaceae
Origin: Mexico
Groundcover and low-growing 2ftShadeSemi-shadeKeep soil moistPink flowersWhite/off-white flowersUnusual colorOrnamental foliageRed/crimson/vinous flowersYellow/orange flowers

Oxalis like cool air and moist soil while they are growing. Bright indirect light is best, but they will grow in lower light levels. Fertilize weekly while they are growing with a balanced fertilizer. Shamrocks are bulbs, and they require a dormant period every once in a while. Restrict all watering. As with any bulb, let the leaves die back naturally. Do not remove any leaves until they are brown. Let the bulbs stay dormant for 3 to 4 weeks, then water and fertilize. In most indoor-grown shamrocks, this dormant period occurs 2 to 3 times a year.

Species and varieties:

Oxalis bowiei

Oxalis deppei Iron Cross

Oxalis Good Luck

Oxalis hedysaroides Rubra

Oxalis palmifrons

Oxalis pes caprae

Oxalis purpurea Grand Duchess Mix

Oxalis triangularis

Oxalis vulcanicola





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Paphiopedilum sp., Paphiopedilum Orchid, Slipper Orchid
Paphiopedilum rothschildianum

Paphiopedilum sp.

Paphiopedilum Orchid, Slipper Orchid
Family: Orchidaceae
Origin: Northern India, Philippines and New Guinea
Groundcover and low-growing 2ftShadeSemi-shadeEpiphyteModerate waterPink flowersWhite/off-white flowersBlue/lavender/purple flowersUnusual colorRed/crimson/vinous flowersYellow/orange flowersAttracts butterflies, hummingbirds

More than 60 species. They are magnificent orchids and both the species and the hybrids have always formed a major part of good collections. They have a fascinating array of colors and forms and their ease of culture has attracted lifelong admirers. All Paphiopedilum are characterised by both a cup-like lip called the pouch, and a prominent dorsal sepal. They are often called slipper orchids which refers to the shape of this pouch. The plants are mostly terrestrials, although some, like Paphiopedilum lowii may be found growing epiphytically, (on trees) or lithophytically, (on rocks) They are dwarf to moderate sized with leaves that are stiff, waxy or leathery and range from a glossy green to beautifully mottled. The leaves usually form a fan-shaped tuft. An erect scape, bearing one or more flowers, arises from the centre of each new growth. The flowers are from 2" to 5" across in a variety and mixture of colors and may last perfectly on the plant for six weeks or more. The major blooming season is from mid-autumn onwards although variations occur. Require reasonably cool nights, particularly in the spring when they will be setting their buds for the autumn flowering season. Although this need makes them difficult to manage in warm areas, their low light requirement makes it possible to keep them cool by shading. See Orchid page for pictures of different orchids and care info.





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Paradrymonia sp., Paradrymonia
Paradrymonia lineata

Paradrymonia sp.

Paradrymonia
Family: Gesneriaceae
Origin: Central America, Southern America
Small shrub 2-5 ftSemi-shadeEpiphyteRegular waterModerate waterWhite/off-white flowersUnusual colorOrnamental foliageRed/crimson/vinous flowersYellow/orange flowers

Terrestrial or epiphytic herb. In general, Paradrymonia should be grown in a manner similar to other terrestrial gesneriads. Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests and subtropical or tropical moist montane forests.





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