A Clap-Your-Hands-And-Jump-Up-And-Down-While-Screaming-"Yippee!" Moment

Perhaps that enthusiastic response is disproportionate to what's happening with one of my plants. But for me, I'd say not.

Back in September and October, I started helping a friend clean out her office orchid case. And, of course, in the process of removing the orchids and remounting them, I ended up walking away with a couple that had been duplicates or clumps that fell from the main group.

So, after a couple "helping" sessions, I ended up with Phalaenopsis 'Venus' (equestris 'Kiekie Monster' x lindenii 'Alpha') (1 and 1a), Restrepia brachypus 'Hartford' (2 -- Tag says striata, but The Plant List says "no."), Dracula lotax (3 -- formerly Masdevallia), Masdevallia bucculenta (4), Bulbophyllum membranaceum (5 -- the tag has "Bulbophyllum mebranaceum (comberi), so I don't know whether this is actually a cross between the two species or if the two species are considered to be one and the same--The Plant List says they are separate species.), Bulbophyllum stenobulbon (6 -- "mini Vietnam" is information included on the tag--I don't think it's a cultivar name or anything, perhaps just indicating that it is a mini orchid from Vietnam), Acianthera prolifera (7 -- formerly Pleurothallis), and a putative Masdevallia mejiana (8).

I had intended on introducing these additions months ago (I even had a draft post with pictures of each one), but I never got around to it, horrible plant blogger that I am. Most of these orchids are cold-weather-growers, so they're in their prime in my chilly basement apartment. They're mounted on tree fern sections (most of them, anyway) with bits of long-fibre sphagnum to keep them moist. When they were in the office case, they were misted twice a day (I think). Since I don't have a mister, I soak them once daily. They dry out pretty darn fast and would probably benefit from a higher humidity environment--but with my space, I haven't been able to offer them a location in one of the humidity trays where they would be moist without fear of rotting (although they survived well in there for the two weeks I was in South Carolina over the holidays, they had a few issues with standing water that pooled around them).

Anyway, so they require a tiny bit of daily attention and could probably benefit from a less dry environment, but on the whole, they're doing well--and all of them are alive after almost five months, so I'm crossing my fingers they'll keep chugging along. The Masdevallia bucculenta and Dracula lotax have seen better days, I'm sure, but the Restrepia brachypus has been growing crazy! And that's who this post is about.

Because look what it's doing! Flowers! Holy heck!

I noticed these yesterday afternoon while I was giving them their daily dunking. Since about a month after I received the plant, they and the Acianthera prolifera have also been sending out new leaves--from the flowering points on the old leaves. They both flower from the base of the leaf blade. And they started growing new leaves and plantlets out of the where the leaf blades and petioles meet. Which I think is just ubersupercool.

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