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Zygopetalum triste 'Deni' × self
Number: TN2045
Name: Zygopetalum triste 'Deni' × self
Type: self    (What's that?)
Seed Donor: Marianna Max  (Email:
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Pod Parent Flower
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Pod Parent Closeup of Labellum
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Pod Parent Blooming Plant
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Offspring 'MC5665' Flower
Offspring photos are siblings of the plants you would receive.
Culture Notes from Donor: Parent plant: Temperature range Intermediate 83-60°F
Comments: Parent plant: This small plant is not more than about 9" total height. When the flowers first open they smell like freshly ground pepper and then when they get a bit more mature there is a strong spicy floral perfume that rides on top of the pepper. Many cultivars have pinkish veined lips instead of the intense blue/purple lip of this cultivar.
For additional origin/habitat information supplied courtesy of Charles and Margaret Baker, see further below, near the bottom of this page.

Temperatures we attempt to use in the lab & greenhouse:
For Species:   Spring, Summer, Autumn: days average 73°F, nights 61°F; best fit is Cool-Intermediate 75-58°F (Source: Baker's Web OSC)
For Species:   Winter: days average 67°F, nights 51°F; best fit is Cool 70-52°F (Source: Baker's Web OSC)

About the name...
Etymology of triste   From Latin "tristis" dark, gloomy, dark purple. (Source: Mayr & Schmucker 1998)
Etymology of Zygopetalum   From latinized Greek "zygos" yoke; "petalum" petals. Petals and sepals are fused with the column foot. (Source: Mayr & Schmucker 1998)
Pronunciation of triste   TRIS-tee (Source: Hawkes 1978)
Pronunciation of Zygopetalum   zy-go-PET-a-lum (Source: Hawkes 1978)
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Flask Information
Availability: We have sold all of the flasks for this item.
You should: Consider getting individual plants or compots instead of a flask.
See if we have plants available in the greenhouse.
Yield Estimate: 1050 plants (based on flask surveys done 09/26/2001 through 10/01/2001)
Yield estimates are only approximate, but may appear to be fairly exact numbers because they are a combination of large rough estimates in remaining mother flasks and more accurate small estimates in reflasks.
Plantlet Sizes: From many flasks 7 - 60 mm plants (based on flask surveys done 09/26/2001 through 03/11/2002)
From one most recently surveyed flask 30 - 45 mm (03/11/2002)
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The origin/habitat information below is supplied courtesy of Charles and Margaret Baker

The following information is based on the name of the plant provided by the donor, and assumes that the name is correct. If the plant has been misidentified, then the following information may not be correct.
This text is copyrighted by the Bakers and may not be reproduced without permission.

ORIGIN/HABITAT: Brazil. This orchid is found in southwestern Minas Gerais south of the old town of Caldas. It is found near the summit of the Serra da Pedra Branca (Mountains of White Stone) in an area where the granite rocks are covered with white lichens. Plants grow in water seepages in cracks between the large, flat expanses of rocks at about 5400 ft. (1650 m) with their roots buried in the lithophytic mosses. These rocks also serve to collect moisture from dew and nighttime mist which frequently occur even in the dry season. This condensed moisture then drains into the water seepages and is available to the plants growing there, so they do not experience a long or severe dry season.
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