Schom. tibicinis...self pollinated?
Thanks again to everyone who replied to my previous post about a week ago, asking about the species name of this Schom. I had known that is was a Schom/Mcp, but was just was curious as to who could name the species of this previously noid Schom before it bloomed.
It bloomed the day after the post, and I was thrilled of course, but then noticed the blooms weren't opening fully. Upon a more detailed inspection later this a.m. the flowers revealed that they were actually closing.. It's extremely rare for any orchid I grow to be pollinated (except for 1 or 2 that I think selfed...).
One thought led to another: Did I grow and bloom this magnificent orchid for years just to have it self-pollinate? Or maybe an insect assisted...it doesn't matter. I've come to the conclusion that this orchid did not bloom to satisfy me...it's doing what comes naturally...to propagate itself, which is the purpose of blooms on any plant. This I realized previously, but it really hit home with this orchid.
I took photos of the plant before the blooms closed off ...they were taken on the 20th, 23rd and 26th (today). The second photo was taken before the lights came on, accounting for the difference in shading.