Tolumnia Helmut Rohrl mounted NFS
Tolumnia Helmut Rohrl
(Apple Hollow X Irene Gleason) X sibling
Mounted & established on a virgin cork chip
OK, to be honest, these orchids are now called Rodrumnias, but doesn't Tolumnia sound better and easier to say? It would take to long to explain, but it doesn't change the beauty of the flowers'
Tolumnias (and Rodrumnias!) like bright, warm conditions and because many of the species are considered "twig neophytes" (i.e. orchids that grow on smaller branches), they also like good air circulation and humidity. Growing them like, or with Tillandsias and other near xerophytes (dry growers) is the plan. Frequent misting or light watering is good, but avoid letting water stand in the growths as the day becomes chilly. Cold and wet will not do! Add some water soluble fertilizer to the mist from time to time too.
These are small plants by nature and at maturity will only have 3-4" leaves. Currently, single fans are about 3" and many have new growths started. Flowers can occur at almost any time and are produced on relatively long stems that can also branch and this often happens after the first flowers have died so don't immediately cut green stems. Flowers are around 1" in size and may occur in an array of colors depending on the plant. These are seedlings; plants pictured to the right are from the original cross.
Near flowering size (NFS), NOT currently in flower.