Phaius tankerville-MN260311: Sending phots of Phaius tankervillea orchid.
This is a terrestrial orchid growing in ordinary soil and like plenty
of water and light.
Blooming period : March – April
Date : 26.3.2011
the picture I sent earlier was from an exhibition. This one is growing in our balcony. I bought this from an exhibition cum sale in Thane. How is the flower?
I dont think this is Phaius tankervilleae, thats why I asked. Will check more and let you know. If possible you may have atleast one flower in 70% alcohol and keep with you. I may request you to check
some inner parts soon.
Please check this reference and compare your plant.
I have some very basic (you may think stupid) question… which alcohol is suitable for saving flowers for ID…? Can l, sitting at home, not having a lab anymore, still use this method? by using 70% dilution of Vodka… to save flowers or small seeds for later dissection? How long can one preserve flowers in 70% alcohol?
The same question I was about to ask you. Is it available in any Chemist shop. I am from a liquor industry, but I do not think the liquor will help.
When I said alcohol, I always meant, ethyl alcohol or ethanol. I dont drink 🙂
Yes … is right
so I guess I am to try and find Spirit from pharmacists…
As per my understanding or faded memory formaline decolourises the specimen and makes it brital too.
I enquired for the 70% alcohol with the chemists in our area, but nobody stocks it. Please let me know other alternatives.
.. is right , in his neighborhood ethanol is not available, neither is it in my neighborhood…. In West Bengal
BUT I TAKE heart that we are armed with good quality digital cameras where we can catch fantastic stuff for our own consumption and for posterity or for databases…and this sort of groups and the internet.
WE NEED TO DISCOVER IF ISOPROPYL ALOCHOL WORKS JUST AS WELL for flowers, I’ll get some and buy some run of the mill orchids and tuberoses etc from the local florist and immerse them for 1, 3, 5, 7 days, take out and dissect to see if the petal structure survived….
I ‘ll report it here in couple of weeks’ time…
I have attached a pic of what I think to be Phaius tankervilleae.
Orchid identfication is very tricky. Sometimes you just cant confirm even the genus without seeing the pollinia with your own eyes. This Phaius has been long misidentified with P. wallichii and then with another species Phaius luridus. This looks close to tankervilleae though. But yes, while checking the photographs, you always have limitations. Hope you will understand my problem here.