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Old 07-13-2012, 09:24 AM
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Attempt at pollination, P. cornu-cervi

This was very difficult. Tiny Tiny Tiny. Had to work with magnifying glass.
First I removed the anther cap:



Small isn't it. Then I found one pollenia there may have been two, probably comes in two's but I never found the other one. The pollenia is a tiny yellow ball with a little tail on it. If you look close you can see the little tail sticking out.







I seem to have been able to put it in the ovary and it stayed there. Now I'm trying to keep in an optimal position to keep it there and not touch until if/when it takes. Crossing my fingers.
Anyone else have any experience pollinating these small Phals?
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None at all, but boy, you sure have a steady hand! Like micro surgery!
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Can you tell us how and where you collected the pollenia? This is fascinating to me.
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well, its easy once you had a hang of it. i pollinated phal smaller than cornu cervi like the pulcherrima and also the violecea many times before. very easy, sometimes i just bend the column slightly so it is easier for me to deposit the pollen.
another method is to slide the stipe between the fang like structure (visible after you removed the cap) and the pollen will trap behind the fang structure attaching to the stigma
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Can you tell us how and where you collected the pollenia? This is fascinating to me.
Paul - There's a great how to here that I followed but the example is for a cattleya and of course the cornu-cervi is much small so you just have to adjust and hope for the best. Ian has a lot more experience with the small ones. Maybe he has some pics.
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Paul - There's a great how to here that I followed but the example is for a cattleya and of course the cornu-cervi is much small so you just have to adjust and hope for the best. Ian has a lot more experience with the small ones. Maybe he has some pics.
Thanks so much! He makes it all look so easy. I'd like to try it, even tho I have ten thumbs...
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Paul - There's a great how to here that I followed but the example is for a cattleya and of course the cornu-cervi is much small so you just have to adjust and hope for the best. Ian has a lot more experience with the small ones. Maybe he has some pics.
sorry, i did not take any pics or video of those before, but here is a link i found from internet. perhaps it may help. those flowers in the video or bigger but the general idea is the same.

http://www.google.com.my/url?sa=t&rc...mzgpb-JT1iIkwQ
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hoo boy....i pollinated an Onc. cheirophorum once....with the pollinia from an Onc. Twinkle. talk about tiny. I imagine the Phal. cc would be just about as bad.
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I have lol my first attempt was also with a magnyfying glass I did this one pecifically for Troy and he now has my capsule was phal delociosa. Since then then I have gotten a head set binocular thingy that magnifys x7 and I do very tiny blooms now that I've yet to figure out how to harvest and capture the seed from....always an adventure lol. I use flat tooth pics and have a cup of water to dip it in to help it stick.
Good luck with the cornu-cervi !!
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I have lol my first attempt was also with a magnyfying glass I did this one pecifically for Troy and he now has my capsule was phal delociosa. Since then then I have gotten a head set binocular thingy that magnifys x7 and I do very tiny blooms now that I've yet to figure out how to harvest and capture the seed from....always an adventure lol. I use flat tooth pics and have a cup of water to dip it in to help it stick.
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7x magnification...wow!! where do you got those binocular loupe?
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7x magnification...wow!! where do you got those binocular loupe?
Troy gave me the lead sweet guy!! when I struggled with a few and how the heck he did this one hanlded lol
I will pm you. I'm not sure if they ship out of the states but they might they cost a tad over 100 bucks but my god are they worth it!!! My mom got them for me early last christmas
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Good news folks. The Phal. cc is shriveling up. The blooms usually last much longer so I think I lucked out. Will post pics when I get home tonight. Take Care.
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