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Cryptopus elatus 'Ivoire'
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Ron Parsons
Ron Parsons

Comments: This monopodial species is native to Mauritius and Reunion, where it grows low on trees in moderate light. Vine-like growth with aerial roots, it can reach 4-5 feet or longer. Bears 7-12 elegant, scalloped white flowers, sometimes flushed with pink, that last 3-4 weeks. Medium-sized plant.
Donor's culture notes: I grow this plant mounted on a forked (fork is up) hardwood stick about 1-2 inches in diameter, 2-3 feet long, gently attached with monofilament or fine bonsai wire, with a few strands of New Zealand sphagnum added when the plant was getting established. Use a mount that is adequate for future growth; the plant can reach 3-4 ft. Use Tillandsia/Spanish moss to loosely drape over the lower third of the plant, to maintain humidity and provide the numerous aerial roots something to weave through. Some roots will attach to the mount, but about half do not. Temperature range: 54°F winters up to 100°F summer at the extremes, otherwise Intermediate to Warm. Dappled bright light. Water every day in growth season, every second to third day in winter. Humidity above 50%. Good air movement essential. Regular fertilizer, as for other orchids. New growths emerge from the base of the plant. For more details, refer to my article on Cryptopus paniculatus, June 2012 issue of AOS ORCHIDS magazine; I grow these species next to each other.
Unique ID: MC7116
(this will not change even if any part of the name should change)

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Propagation Efforts Involving This Plant
TN8144 'Ivoire' × self (Pol. Jun 2015) -- Flasks sold out: flask info
TN8349 'Ivoire' × self (Pol. Aug 2016) -- plants maturing in greenhouse -- Flasks sold out: flask info
TN8630 'Rosy Dawn Too' × 'Ivoire' (Pol. Jun 2017) -- plants maturing in greenhouse -- Flasks sold out: flask info

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