Thrixosperma centipeda

orchidnickApril 21, 2014

A war grower found in Guangxi, Hainan and Yunnan provinces of China, Hong Kong, the eastern Himalayas, Assam, Myanamar, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam, Penninsular Malaysia, Borneo, Java, Sulawesi, Sumatra and the Philippines. 2 groups, one with flowers lined up in 2 rows like this one while the other group of this 100 member genus has the flowers facing in all directions.

The inflos were complete almost 3 month ago. 4 weeks ago it opened one flower. As I waited for more flowers to open it faded after 3 to 4 days, no more flowers opened until today. I know better now and struck while the iron is hot and took pictures. It has a nice fragrance.

Nick

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Another view.

Nick

    Bookmark   April 21, 2014 at 3:16PM
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Side view.

Nick

    Bookmark   April 21, 2014 at 3:17PM
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The whole plant with another inflorescence, ultimately a flower will emerge from each little notch, one at a time. They say grow it like a Vanda, leave it in the small basket as it will make a beard of roots.

Nick

    Bookmark   April 21, 2014 at 3:24PM
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shavedmonkey (Harvey in South Fl.)Z10b

I can see where part of the name comes from. If there is a sister planet I'm expecting centipeda to be there...magnificent plant. Is it difficult to grow? Are there any for sale?

This post was edited by shavedmonkey on Mon, Apr 21, 14 at 19:54

    Bookmark   April 21, 2014 at 7:48PM
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orchidnick

There is a synonym, artiafa or something like that. I have the name at home. It was sold to me with that name on the tag but if you look it up on Jay's list, he redirects you to centipedes. Seems to be easy enough, warm grower

Nick

    Bookmark   April 21, 2014 at 8:38PM
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I got it as Thr arachnites from eBay. I don't remember the vendor's name sorry. The tag is not helpful.

Sorry, Nick

    Bookmark   April 21, 2014 at 10:07PM
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inga007(Ont. 6a)

Very unusual looking plant. Love the idea of it being fragrant.

    Bookmark   April 22, 2014 at 8:11AM
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orchidnick

There is one offered on eBay:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Thrixspermum-centipeda-orchid-species-/131170391027?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0amp;hash=item1e8a5d53f3

Nick

    Bookmark   April 22, 2014 at 9:01PM
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shavedmonkey (Harvey in South Fl.)Z10b

I found a few on ebay. When I tried to finish the order I got various messages on vacation, be back soon, etc. I will try another time. Thanks for the effort.

    Bookmark   April 23, 2014 at 6:06AM
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orchidnick

Thrixospermum hystrics, bears no resemblance to the other one. Found in Thailand, Laos, Java, Sumatra, Suluwesi and the Philippines, little thing.

Nick

    Bookmark   May 8, 2014 at 3:21PM
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The whole plant.

Nick

    Bookmark   May 8, 2014 at 3:22PM
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