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Cleisocentron gokusingii blossom colors

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Just had the first buds open on my Cleisocentron gokusingii which I got almost 2 years ago.  It was a pre-blooming size.  Since these can bloom in various shades of blue I really didn't know what to expect when it opened, but I'm very happy with the color on it.  Small flowers but when a clump of them open it really is beautiful!  Anyone else growing this orchid that can share their bloom colors?

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A couple of examples I saw when purchasing my younger pre-bloom size plant.

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More blooms open now, and you can see the deep purple in the throat even better now.

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Really neat orchid!  Have you been growing it outside year around?  

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2 hours ago, epiphyte said:

Really neat orchid!  Have you been growing it outside year around?  

Yes.  I keep the mount facing north so it's not getting direct sunlight.  It's at the edge of a covered patio with the house to the west, so no westerly direct exposure either.  During the summer it gets a little bit of late morning overhead exposure before its back into shade.  Its one that normally gets water from the RO, but occasionally will get SD County high tds water right out of the hose.

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So my label from Andy's Orchids identifies my plant as "Cleisocentron gokusingii (merillianum)", however labels are sometimes printed just as you are checking out.  I noticed that on Andy's website he only lists C merillianum as available, so it prompted me to check on the differences.  One of the links that popped was on the American Orchid Society (AOS) site, and it was about an award winning plant that apparently was initially identified as C. gokusingii, but clarified to be C merillianum... with thanks for the correct id going to Andy Phelps.  I'll have to send Andy some photos of mine and see what he says.  The AOS article link is below if you are so inclined to assess for yourself.

https://www.aos.org/sitf-blog/cleisocentron-gokusingii-determined-to-be-cleisoce.aspx

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