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Mediocalcar decoratum 'Candy Corn' × self
Number: TN2609
Name: Mediocalcar decoratum 'Candy Corn' × self
Type: self    (What's that?)
Seed Donor: Marianna Max  (Email:
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Culture Notes from Donor: Parent plant: Temperature range CI (58-75°F). It can be grown in a shallow pot but it seems to prefer growing on a mount. Mine is on tree fern.
Comments: This charming species comes from the mountains of Papua New Guinea. The flowers resemble tiny Christmas tree decorations with the coloring of candy corn. It grows in bright light at intermediate/cool temps. It's foliage is succulent-looking and the roots seem more designed to hold the plant on its mount rather than for water absorption. The rhizome gives rise to many branching offshoots and it quickly forms a short dense mound.
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, Winter: days average 75°F, nights 55°F; best fit is Cool-Intermediate 75-58°F (Source: Baker's Web OSC)

About the name...
Etymology of decoratum   From Latin "decoratus" ornamented, charming. (Source: Mayr & Schmucker 1998)
Etymology of Mediocalcar   From Latin "medium" middle; "calcar" spur. The spur is attached at the middle of the lip. (Source: Mayr & Schmucker 1998)
Pronunciation of Mediocalcar   mee-dee-oh-KAL-kar (Source: Hawkes 1978)
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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: New Guinea. This orchid is widespread on the island, both in Papua New Guinea and Irian Jaya. It grows on trees in montane forests at 2950-6550 ft. (900-2000 m), but plants reportedly grow as high as 8200 ft. (2500 m). This orchid and other members of the genus Mediocalcar are successfully cultivated at the Highland Orchid Collection in Laiagam, Papua New Guinea, which is at 7200 ft. (2200 m). It also grows in the Mt. Gahavisuka Provincial Park near Goroka in Eastern Highlands Province.
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