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Chysis laevis 'MC5861' × self
Number: TN8597
Name: Chysis laevis 'MC5861' × self
Type: self    (What's that?)
Seed Donor: Robert P. Walsh
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Culture Notes from Donor: Parent plant: Temperature range Warm 90-70°F. Cooler season Cool-Intermediate 75-58°F. Grown under high pressure sodium or metal halide lights during the winter. Outside on deck in Minnesota under a large oak tree in the summer. Will be changing to basket culture soon as plant has made its preference known. Potted in a fir bark mix with charcoal and perlite.
Comments: Parent plant: Pseudobulbs from 4 inches to 14 inches. Four leaves 12 inches on largest pseudobulb. Large 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 77°F, nights 65°F; best fit is Intermediate 83-60°F (Source: Baker's Web OSC)
For Species:   Winter: days average 68°F, nights 57°F; best fit is Cool 70-52°F (Source: Baker's Web OSC)

About the name...
Etymology of Chysis   From Greek "chysis" melting. Refers to the fusing of the pollinia prior to the opening of the flowers in autogamous forms. (Source: Pridgeon 1992)
Etymology of laevis   From Latin "laevis" smooth, shining. (Source: Mayr & Schmucker 1998)
Pronunciation of Chysis   KYE-sis (Source: Hawkes 1978)
Pronunciation of laevis   LYE-vis (Source: Hawkes 1978)
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ESTABLISHED SEEDLINGS of these are not currently available, but we have some maturing in the greenhouse and expect to offer them in the future. There are 8 items with 1 plant per item that will be considered for sale later.

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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.
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ORIGIN/HABITAT: Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, and Nicaragua. In Mexico, plants are found in the States of Veracruz and Chiapas where they grow in shady forests at 1000-3300 ft. (300-1000 m). Over most of their range, these plants grow in wet mountain forests on slopes facing the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean at elevations up to about 5900 ft. (1800 m). Although usually epiphytic, plants are sometimes found growing lithophytically.
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