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Old 05-21-2006, 11:08 PM
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Question wrinkled pseudobulbs

I recently found myself in possession of Mtssa. Charles M. Fitch 'Izumi'. It is a beautiful plant but I am worried about one thing. Most (nearly all) of the pseudobulbs are wrinkled. Some, pretty deeply. Is that normal for this type of orchid?

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It is quite normal for all plants in the oncidium alliance. New bulbs will grow smooth while young but all seem to shrivel more or less.

Mtassa are a cross of a Brassia and a Miltonia. Miltonia are often called pansy orchids because of their shape and brassia are spider orchids for the same reason. Brassia bloom and Miltonias bloom once a year and Miltonias suffer in very hot cllimates. The cross is more heat tolerant and many bloom twice a year. The flower is closer to brassia than miltonias in shape.

I do not have a picture of yours but Royal Robe is a twice a year bloomer and very popular. They all put on a display of multiple flower sprays and large showy flowers

This plant is a 4 inch pot that has two flower stems forming and produced about 6-7 flowers on each stem. Each flowre was 4-5 inches.

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Jerry, Thanks for the feedback. I'll post a picture of mine tonight. Its basically the same as the one you posted but it has a facinating pattern on the blooms (which is what really sold me on it).

Thanks again.
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Here is a picture of the plant in question. Thanks again.
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Old 05-23-2006, 12:55 AM
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Greg,

That's a gorgeous plant that you have. I can't wait for mine to grow up and bloom!
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I had not seen the flower before. It is better marked than most Mtassa and the blue violet color is excellant.
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Mtssa. Royal Robe Diplomat

Every day I think the buds on this are going to open, and then... Anyway, if/when it opens, I'll post try to post a pic as this should be a little different from yours. Or you can see a pic now by going to Everglades Orchids, clicking on Oncidiums & scrolling down (plants listed alphabetically) until you get to Mtssa.s.
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