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Oerstedella verrucosa 'Snow Fairy' × self
Number: TN6934
Name: Oerstedella verrucosa 'Snow Fairy' × self
(Also commonly known as Epidendrum verrucosum)
Type: self    (What's that?)
Seed Donor: Clark Thomas Riley  (Email:
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Culture Notes from Donor: Parent plant: Temperature range Cool-Intermediate 75-58°F, in colder season Cool-Cold 64-44°F. Grown under lights (actually beside lights) in an air-conditioned basement. Watered with collected rainwater and regular variety of half a dozen fertilizers. Potted in 3:1:1:1:1 Bark:charcoal:sphagnum:perlite:Aliflor. Loose, very well drained with high proportion of inorganics. Watered sparingly but never gets dry in the large 12 inch pot.
Comments: This species is rarely seen, perhaps because of its large size, cool culture preferences, or perhaps that it really is rare. It is delicately beautiful with huge flower count.

Parent plant: This may be the largest of the Oerstedellas. 5 foot tall erect canes bear a panicle of about 70 half inch bright white flowers, as many as 30 open at once.
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 58°F; best fit is Cool-Intermediate 75-58°F (Source: Baker's Web OSC)
For Species:   Winter: days average 72°F, nights 51°F; best fit is Cool 70-52°F (Source: Baker's Web OSC)

About the name...
Etymology of Oerstedella   Honoring Herr Anders Sandøe Ørsted, the Danish collector of the genus type. (Source: Pridgeon 1992)
Etymology of verrucosa   From Latin "verrucosus" with warts. (Source: Mayr & Schmucker 1998)
Pronunciation of Oerstedella   er-ste-DEL-lah (Source: Pridgeon 1992)
Pronunciation of verrucosa   ver-yoo-KOE-sa (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 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: 388 plants (based on flask surveys done 11/03/2011 through 08/20/2013)
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 30 - 110 mm plants (based on flask surveys done 12/07/2011 through 05/29/2012)
From one most recently surveyed flask 40 - 110 mm (05/29/2012)
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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: This extremely widespread orchid is known from Jamaica, Mexico (Chiapas), Belize, Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, and Nicaragua. It grows as a terrestrial, lithophyte, or epiphyte and is found at 1950-8550 ft. (600-2600 m). Recent collections, however, appear to have been made at 3200-5750 ft. (980-1750 m). Ames & Correll [(1952-1953, and 1965) 1985] reported that in Guatemala this orchid is: "Terrestrial on grassy slopes in open mountain forests, on open rocky banks and in thickets in deep forests, occasionally on tree buttresses, up to 2000 m alt."
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