If orchids could read blog posts, I might be suspicious of this Rhynchostele. I complained online that it hadn’t bloomed in 6 years, and a few days later, a pair of new flowers appeared. You can find it noted last in the list at Outdoor Orchids in San Francisco, part 1 under the name Lemboglossum. That’s its old name, and the name I know it by. Name changes, however, are better suited for a future post in the Orchid Names category.
I can’t figure out why mine chose this year to bloom after a 6 year hiatus. Species like this can be much more finicky than hybrids. Maybe this past mild winter suited it better. As long as it survives and occasionally blooms, I still have chances to figure it out.
As for that new name, Rhynchostele, I believe it’s pronounced “rink oh STEE lee.” No matter what it’s called, if it reads another blog post, I’ll be sure to let you know.
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