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Mediocalcar decoratum 'MC1505' × self
Number: TN3622
Name: Mediocalcar decoratum 'MC1505' × self
Type: self    (What's that?)
Seed Donor: Charles C. Smith  (Email:
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Culture Notes from Donor: Parent plant: Temperature range CI (58-75°F). I grow this in a bulb pan (wide, shallow pot) in moss so that it can spread to form a mat. It is potted in moss, and should not be allowed to stay dry. If potted in smaller pots, plant growth seems slow. This plant must not receive full sun or it will sunburn.
Comments: Parent plant: Small plant. Blooms are red and yellow.
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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Flask Information
Availability: There were problems with this item and we weren't able to make any viable flasks.
You should: Consider placing a "Notify Retries" Request, and if an identical pollination (the same parents) is done again, we'll let you know.
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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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