Acampe pachyglossa, also known as The Broad-Lipped Acampe, Saccolabium mombasense, Saccolabium pachyglossum, Acampe madagascariensis, Acampe mombasensis, Acampe nyassana, Acampe pachyglossa subsp. renschiana, and Acampe renschiana, is a species of the genus Acampe. Heinrich Gustav Reichenbach first described this species in 1881.
ACAMPE PACHYGLOSSA ORCHID PLANT IDENTIFICATION
Zaire, Angola, Malawi, Kenya, Tanzania, Mozambique, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Swaziland, South Africa, Madagascar, the Comoros, and the Seychelles are among the countries where Acampe pachyglossa is found. Usually grows in deciduous forest in arid, hot, lowland areas, riverside forests, or coastal villages at an altitude of 1000 meters above sea level or on tree trunks and branches, or on rocks under trees.
A distichous, strap-shaped, unevenly and obtusely bilobed apically, folded, stiff, fleshy, medium-sized, erect, monopodial epiphyte or occasionally lithophyte, it has stiff, fleshy, dark green, 15-25 1.5-3.5 cm leaves. Its woody stem can be up to 50 cm long.
The Broad-Lipped Acampe blooms throughout the year, but primarily in the summer and fall. It has an axillary, erect, to 20 cm long, but usually shorter, occasionally branched, densely multiple flowered inflorescence with tiny clusters of barred flowers that appear at various times of the year. Sepals and petals are greenish cream, greenish yellow, or pale lemon-yellow with transverse crimson or reddish brown stripes and spots; the lip is white or pale pink, sparsely and similarly marked; the column is greenish cream, similarly marked. The flowers are about 1 cm in diameter.
ACAMPE PACHYGLOSSA ORCHID PLANT CARE AND CULTURE
Acampe pachyglossa is not difficult to grow. It is best to mounted the plant without substrate, the roots can develop freely on cork or larger, possibly cracked. Stand in the bright and warmest part of the tempered house.
At some attitudes, the long winter corresponds to the necessary longer dry season. Water frequently – regular spraying – from spring to later summer. If you don’t need to completely stop watering during the relative rest period, just cut back on it so that the leaves don’t shrink too much. Light wilting symptoms are harmless and may even be a sign of flowering the following year. However, with the start of spring growth, this apparent decline in vitality was quickly made up for.
Despite fixed dry periods, no development or arrhythmia is noticed when in nature. In the local culture, the summertime is when things bloom. The flowers take about three months to open up after the inflorescence, which usually appears in the spring.
Unfortunately, unlike Acampe praemorsa, this species only exhibits one low branching tendency, which lessens the likelihood of vegetative propagation. Only when the side shoots’ leaves are nearly as long as those on the main drive should they be divided for division purposes.
Unfortunately, this species only shows one low branching tendency, unlike Acampe praemorsa, which reduces the likelihood of vegetative propagation. The side shoots should only be divided for division when their leaves are almost as long as those on the main drive.