July 15. 2002
|I purchased a smallish bare root C. maxima from Orquideas de los Andes at the New York Orchid Show in 2000. The plant didn't show any signs of new growth for quite a while. Last Winter the sunny conditions in our greenhouse seemed to coax it out of dormancy and new healthy leads finally appeared. The flowers are truly that intensively colored.|
|The plant was started from a ca. 6 inch segment in Summer 1999. The plant grew into a nice specimen and produced 4 buds this Summer. This is again one of the typical night bloomers, opening at dusk and closing at dawn, producing gorgeous 10-12 inch flowers.
|at 7 pm|
|I had listed the plant below previously as S. coniflorus, to the left is a picture of coniflorus. The difference is mainly in the length of the spines, short in pteranthus and 1 - 1.5 cm in coniflorus.
(picture of S. coniflorus and correction - courtesy of Ulf Eliasson)