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Mystery Hillerman angraecum -- ID help please

Posted by bcfromfl z8a NW FL (My Page) on
Wed, Apr 29, 09 at 2:15

Hi everyone --

Several years ago, I had the good fortune to claim this unusual angraecum. It originally came from Fred Hillerman's nursery, and despite its small size, is very old. Unfortunately, Hillerman's tag had faded years earlier, hence the mystery. I'm guessing it's now in the neighborhood of 30-35 years old.

A couple years ago I sent photos to Hoosier to see if they could help identify it, since they acquired Hillerman's stock, but they were unable to offer a likely ID. I also sent the photos to CalOrchids, who forwarded it to an individual in Africa. His best guess was Angcm. triquetrum, but he didn't feel that was a good match.

What I'm hoping is to find contact information for either Joyce Stewart, Johan Hermans, or Bob Campbell, as they are probably the best bet to ID this plant. Any ideas where I might track down any of these individuals?

The blooms aren't waxy like some angraecums -- they are more thin and filmy. Each inflorescence produces only a single bud. The browning you see on the tips is the result of water drops. (Should have moved it out of the gh when they opened.) Similarly, the leaves are not succulent-like (such as the Perrierangraecums), they are more similar to Angcm. magdalenae, for example. Roots are thin and wiry. There is very little fragrance...just a hint of one at night. There are two basal growths from the main stem, and it's growing now the best it has ever done. It was so tiny and stunted when I first brought it home...I think it had actually been in a slow decline for ten years or so.

I suppose it may be one of Hillerman's odd crosses, but I hope it's an unusual species that was made available in the 1970s or early '80s.

I appreciate any and all suggestions!


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RE: Mystery Hillerman angraecum -- ID help please

That is a gorgeous plant, Bruce! Looks similar to angraecum compactum except with a flatter lip. Have you tried contacting Isobyl LaCroix? Her (old and no longer maintained) website can be found here with contact information. I have contacted her in the past and received a prompt response, so perhaps you can see if she can help.

RE: Mystery Hillerman angraecum -- ID help please

Thanks, Calvin -- I hadn't thought of her (but should have!). I'll give that a try.


RE: Mystery Hillerman angraecum -- ID help please

Since Hillerman was so prolific at making crosses there's probably no way to ever know for sure. I'm not guessing. However...if you somehow knew it was a hybrid, I'd be willing to say it looks a LOT like some mad genius crossed compactum with magdalenae! (clearly someone should, I think)

RE: Mystery Hillerman angraecum -- ID help please

What a beautiful hybrid; I really like it. It deserves to be mericloned!

My guess as to what the parents are:

Angraecum magdalenae x Angraecum didieri
Angraecum magdalenae x Angraecum cucullatum


"annelc" -- you wrote me a message asking about this orchid, but you didn't provide a way of contacting you. Your member e-mail address is set to private.

Unfortunately, this angraecoid, as well as most of my others, have died. Maintaining an orchid greenhouse in the Florida panhandle for this group is simply too challenging. They get a double-whammy from the summer heat, as well as an aggressive black algae covering the mounts, and only the hardiest can tolerate the onslaught. I'm trying to control the algae with hydrogen peroxide and a fungicide, but it's too late to save my favorites, I'm afraid.

Sorry I don't have better news...


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