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Psychilis kraenzlinii 'Tio Super' × self
Number: TN3273
Name: Psychilis kraenzlinii 'Tio Super' × self
Type: self    (What's that?)
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Culture Notes from Donor: Psychilis kraenzlinii is a tough plant, it can be an epiphyte but is most frequently a lithophyte. The species grows in bright and dry conditions. ( When growing conditions are moist, the species is found in fast draining serpentine soil.)
Parent plant: Temperature range W (70-90°F). This plant grows in very bright light and tolerates very high temperatures. The area from which the plant was rescued is known for a high amount of rainfall but very fast drainage as the soil is serpentine based. Therefore, 'Tio Super' grows mounted on a piece of hardwood so its roots drain fast. Those people that grow Psychilis kraenzlinii in pot use a fast draining material.
Comments: The pseudobulbs are cylindrical and grow up to 16 cm long. The flower scapes can grow up to 2 meters long. The flowers are produced sequentially, in clusters and are rose-carmine in color. Summer is the primary flowering season. Inflorescences have been known to produce flowers for several years, but not continuously. The species is endemic to Puerto Rico and sometimes is confused with the natural hybrid Psychilis x raganii, which is Psychilis kraenzlinii x krugii, whose flowers are smallish and reddish orange. Taxonomic note: The genus Psychilis (Bello) Sauleda was segregated from Epidendrum by Ruben Sauleda in Phytologia 65: 15. 1988. The original description of Epidendrum kraenzlinii ( Bello) can be obtained in Anal. Soc. Hist Nat. 12: 116, t,,, 1, f. 1-3. 1883.

Parent plant: Psychilis kraenzlinii 'Tio Super' was rescued from the base of a tree log that was felled during the construction of a road. Medium-sized plant.
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 85°F, nights 72°F; best fit is Warm 90-70°F (Source: Baker's Web OSC)
For Species:   Winter: days average 80°F, nights 66°F; best fit is Intermediate 83-60°F (Source: Baker's Web OSC)

About the name...
Etymology of kraenzlinii   Named for Fritz Kranzlin; (1847-1934) German botanist, reclassified many orchids. (Source: Mayr & Schmucker 1998)
Etymology of Psychilis   From Greek "psyche" butterfly, and cheilos, lip. (Source: The New Encyclopedia of Orchids)
Pronunciation of Psychilis   sye-kye-lis (Source: Hawkes 1978)
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Availability: We have sold all of the flasks for this item.
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Yield Estimate: 185 plants (based on flask surveys done 01/24/2003 )
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 10 - 20 mm plants (based on flask surveys done 01/24/2003 )
From one most recently surveyed flask 10 - 20 mm (01/24/2003)
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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.
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ORIGIN/HABITAT: Puerto Rico. Plants have been reported throughout the island from the provinces of Arecibo, Bayamón, Coamo, Dorado, Guánica, Guayama, Isable, Manatí, Peñuelas, Quebradillas, Río Grande, Sabana Grande, Salinas, San Germán, San Juan, Utuado, and Yauco. They are epiphytic or lithophytic in dry and moist regions and are found mostly in high-light situations from near sea level to 1950 ft. (600 m).
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