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Helcia sanguinolenta 'MC4285' × self
Number: TN6058
Name: Helcia sanguinolenta 'MC4285' × self
Type: self    (What's that?)
Seed Donor: Travis Olsen  (Email:
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Pod Parent Flower
Culture Notes from Donor: Parent plant: Temperature range CI (58-75°F)
Comments: Parent plant: Small 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 76°F, nights 56°F; best fit is Cool-Intermediate 75-58°F (Source: Baker's Web OSC)
For Species:   Winter: days average 72°F, nights 53°F; best fit is Cool 70-52°F (Source: Baker's Web OSC)

About the name...
Etymology of Helcia   From Latin "helcium" horse-collar. The center of the flower shows a horse-collar-like structure. (Source: Mayr & Schmucker 1998)
Etymology of sanguinolenta   From Latin "sanguinolentus" blood-stained, red spotted. (Source: Mayr & Schmucker 1998)
Pronunciation of Helcia   HEL-see-ah (Source: Hawkes 1978)
Pronunciation of sanguinolenta   san-gwin-oh-LEN-ta (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: 360 plants (based on flask surveys done 05/29/2008 through 05/03/2010)
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 20 - 75 mm plants (based on flask surveys done 03/31/2009 through 11/15/2010)
From one most recently surveyed flask 25 - 50 mm (11/15/2010)
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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: Ecuador. These plants have been found on the eastern slopes of the Andes in the central and southern Provinces of Bolivar, Cañar, Azuay, and El Oro. They grow as epiphytes in relatively dry mountain cloudforests at 3300-9850 ft. (1000-3000 m). Some writers include northwestern Peru in the range of distribution, while others indicate the plants are also found in Colombia. We have found no specific habitat information for plants from either of these regions, however.
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