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Platystele ovatilabia 'Halcyon' -spontaneous
Number: TN3538
Name: Platystele ovatilabia 'Halcyon' -spontaneous
  Very low yield.
Type: spontaneous    (What's that?)
Seed Donor: Marla Nikirk  (Email:
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Culture Notes from Donor: Parent plant: Temperature range I (60-83°F)
Comments: My favorite of all my orchids. If I was allowed to keep only one, this would be it. Very easy and reliable sequential bloomer if kept moist. blooms are adorable little jewels of flat, perfectly shaped, tiny orchids that sparkle.

Parent plant: Miniature.
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 78°F, nights 56°F; best fit is Cool-Intermediate 75-58°F (Source: Baker's Web OSC)

About the name...
Etymology of ovatilabia   From Latin "ovatilabius" having a reverse egg-shaped lip. (Source: Mayr & Schmucker 1998)
Etymology of Platystele   From Greek "platys" broad; "stele" column. From the shape of the column. (Source: Mayr & Schmucker 1998)
Pronunciation of ovatilabia   oh-vat-i-LAH-bee-ah (Source: Hawkes 1978)
Pronunciation of Platystele   PLAT-ee-stee-lee (Source: Hawkes 1978)
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Availability: We have sold all of the flasks for this item.
You should: Consider getting individual plants or compots instead of a flask.
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You may also place a "Notify Retries" Request, and if an identical pollination (the same parents) is done again, we'll let you know.

You may reserve a flask, but it's very unlikely you'll get one ...this could only happen if we found a flask that we didn't know we had.
Yield Estimate: 1 plants (based on flask surveys done 05/24/2005 )
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 mm plants (based on flask surveys done 04/09/2004 )
From one most recently surveyed flask 10 mm (04/09/2004)
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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: Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, Costa Rica, and Panama. In Mexico, plants were found in the state of Chiapas at 3100-4450 ft. (950-1350 m). The habitat in Guatemala was not reported. In Honduras, plants have been found in the Department of Copan. In Costa Rica, collections were made near Pejivalle in the Province of Cartago at about 2950 ft. (900 m). In Panama, plants grow in the forests around El Boquete in Chiriquí Province at 3300-4250 ft. (1000-1300 m). Although distributed over a wide area, this orchid is uncommon.
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