I've always been hesitant to jump into the world of orchids. I've had some phals around for a few years that were gifts, but that was it. Then I saw that these particular Habenaria grow in bog conditions and figured since most of my plants are already bog plants, I should be able to handle that!
I would absolutely love to have a highland space to grow Dracula orchids someday, and there's some really dark flowered Fredclarkeara that catch my eye everytime I stumble across a picture of one, but I'm trying to cling to some semblance of self-control for now haha.
Just wanted to share some things I've found interesting about these guys so far. First off, the flowers have that subtle grainy sparkle that some other orchid flowers have. Next, the nectar spur is somewhat translucent, as seen in the photo below, which is kind of neat as it allows you to see the nectar level inside of it.
Looks like the flower in the foreground is beginning to turn brown. Hopefully a sign that it may have been successfully pollinated!
A picture from a couple days ago. Probably the biggest flock I will have this year. The flowers seem to last about a week before beginning to brown and shrivel. They do have a fragrance to them that I'm not sure how to describe other than soapy haha.
While the leaves of the outside plants above remained more compact than those in the pots that were moved in and out, the flower stalk of the plant in the center shot up like crazy before developing five flower buds. This plant measured out at 11.5" tall, and the largest flower was a little over 1.5". This plant dwarfs the ones around it, and had many more flowers, so I'm wondering if it was from a corm of a more mature plant.