Swan in Winter

nepnewbie

Sprout
Last summer I finally tracked down a plant I have wanted for quite some time. Although it is capable of producing many more blooms per spike, this first bloom seedling of Cycnoches warscewiczii has still managed to surprise me. This lone male flower is almost 13 cm across, and at the height of the day, fills the house with an aroma of Pineapple, Vanilla, and Juicy Fruit Gum. I don't think my nose will be thankful when it matures enough to carry ten or more blooms!
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nepnewbie

Sprout
@Lloyd Gordon Members of the Catasetinae subtribe, particularly Catasetum, and Cycnoches are known to produce unisexual flowers... somewhat arbitrarily from year to year. A plant is more likely to produce female flowers if it is extremely healthy, has plenty of food, and is growing in bright light. When conditions change, the plant will then produce male flowers. The male and female flowers of all Catasetum species, and many Cycnoches are so differently shaped that plants displaying each sex were once considered separate species. Catasetums have the added bonus of the male flowers being sharp shooters. They will actually shoot their pollen onto the backs of visiting insects, if the insect touches a triggering part of the flower.
 
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