Habenaria medusea ‘Snow Kimono’ S.E. Asia
I grow a few different Habenaria species and medusea definitely gets the most attention when in bloom. It’s pretty obvious where its name comes from due to the “Medusa”-like appendages from the side lobes. When the flowers open these parts poke out from the developing bud looking cream colored and wrinkled with the appearance that they could never be ironed out straight. But within a few days (and with good humidity) they somehow become disciplined and turn crisp white with a contrasting red staminode.
Most Habinarias are grow as terrestrials and hail from tropical areas with distinct wet/dry seasons. Extra care must be taken to give them a completely dry winter rest (about late October). At this point the foliage will die back and the pot must be left dry until new growth commences in the Spring (usually March). When they are in active growth they should be kept damp in a well drained media and fertilized regularly.
Since they take up almost no room in the winter, I crowd them all together under a T5 light setup I use for flasks where they will still get higher humidity and good light- but will not be watered and won’t use up valuable bench space.
Gareth Pugh SS13
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