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Comparettia macroplectron '#1' × '#2'
Number: TN4104
Name: Comparettia macroplectron '#1' × '#2'
Type: outcross    (What's that?)
Seed Donor: Charles C. Smith  (Email:
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Pod Parent Flowers
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Pollen Parent Blooming Plant
Culture Notes from Donor: Pod parent plant: Temperature range CI (58-75°F). The plant is grown on a small block of tree fern. It seems to like to dry quite a bit between waterings, as the roots grow much better and attach to the block.
Pollen parent plant: Temperature range CI (58-75°F).
Comments: Though seedlings may be established in small pots, plants will do much better if mounted on tree fern. A four inch long piece, one inch square works well. Mount the plants upside down, and they will turn arround to point up. Plants reach blooming size relatively quickly.

Pod parent plant: Small plant at 5 years old. The branched flower spike with 15 or more blooms is much larger than the plant. It blooms on each new growth.

Pollen parent plant: This is a first bloom seedling. I obtained this plant as a seedling last spring. I mounted it on tree fern, and it has established nicely. Flowers are about 1-1/8 inches wide and 1-3/8 inches high with a several inch long spur.
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 83°F, nights 61°F; best fit is Intermediate 83-60°F (Source: Baker's Web OSC)

About the name...
Etymology of Comparettia   In honor of Andreo Comparetti, Italian botanist during the 19th century. (Source: Pridgeon 1992)
Etymology of macroplectron   From Greek "macro" long; "plektron" implement for plucking or striking stringed instruments... spur. (Source: Brown 1956)
Pronunciation of Comparettia   kom-pah-RET-ee-ah (Source: Pridgeon 1992)
Pronunciation of macroplectron   mak-roe-PLEK-tron (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.
You can place a "Notify Flask Recipients" Request, and either we or a flask recipient may contact you when plants are available.

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: 370 plants (based on flask surveys done 06/14/2004 through 07/20/2004)
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 1 - 50 mm plants (based on flask surveys done 01/30/2004 through 05/13/2005)
From one most recently surveyed flask 20 - 50 mm (05/13/2005)
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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: Colombia. Plants are found in northern Colombia in relatively warm regions at 3300-5800 ft. (1000-1800 m).
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