Pseuderanthemum sinuatum, correct name Hemigraphis repanda

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Post  bonsaisr on Tue Sep 20, 2011 8:02 pm

OK. I asked about Desert olive & received a thundering silence. :( Here's another one. To replace a tree she was out of, Mrs. Meehan sent me a Pseuderanthemum sinuatum. So far it seems sturdier than I expected, but I would like to know if anyone has experience with it.
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Post  Eastern Bonsai on Tue Sep 20, 2011 8:39 pm

Iris,

Do you have a picture of your Desert Olive you could share? Sounds interesting.

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Post  bonsaisr on Tue Sep 20, 2011 9:53 pm

See thread on Desert Olive & Colorado blue spruce. I don't own one. There is a lot of information (and pictures) on the Web about Desert olive. I wanted to know if anyone has tried it before I sign up for the workshop. There are so many trees that are enthused over by those in the tropics & Florida, but are disappointing under lights in the North. Desert olive is hardy here, but will it be a good bonsai subject?
I am always looking to try new exotic species (within reason) because I am so pleased with Neea buxifolia.
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Post  bonsaisr on Thu Sep 22, 2011 3:35 pm

Moderators, please change the title. If anyone is familiar with this plant under the name Hemigraphis repanda, please let me know. Does it have to be in a terrarium when grown indoors?
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Post  drgonzo on Thu Sep 22, 2011 10:23 pm

I just had to look it up to figure out what that is Iris. I think a lot of folks recognize and respond to Bonsai subjects, so you may not get as many replies, except for people like me. I saw a few pictures of it obviously being cultivated in a terrarium/aquarium I'm not sure if its necessary but if your dealing with low humidity give it a go, I would imagine anyone who could grow Orchids could manage a Dragons Breath. That whole family is made up of lots of interesting species.
-jay

ETA: A little more research on an aquarium website indicates it is a terrarium plant that wants bright yet IN direct sun and high humidity, If it were mine I would put it in one of those cheapy glass goldfish bowls with nice pebbles at the bottom, take it out to water, it then drop it back in, leave the top open.

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Post  bonsaisr on Sun Oct 09, 2011 3:05 am

From my limited experience so far:
It does not need a terrarium. It was outdoors in part sun since July, and did fine as long as it was watered every day. If I skipped a day, it wilted but recovered after watering. In shade, the leaves are three inches long. In the sun, as Pogo would say, low and bee holed! Not only did leaf size reduce dramatically, but it turned out to be the variegated cultivar 'Tricolor.' It has beautiful little orchid-like flowers in dribs and drabs. I expect it to do OK under lights.
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Post  drgonzo on Sun Oct 09, 2011 4:11 am

You know the reason I default to saying if it were mine i'd keep it in a goldfish bowl is due to my woodstove, its funny I've programmed myself to think 'Humidity' after several seasons on wood heat. My orchids live in the large north window on a sill right above the large kitchen sink and its the ONLY place they're happy, they like the humidity of the daily dishes being washed. Both Paph's are sending spikes up now.

thats fun to "discover" your plant is a tricolor when the light changed, I've had that experience only a few times with orchids when I've bought them on the 'not flowering anymore' discount rack. I thought it was one thing and then it flowered...surprise!

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Post  bonsaisr on Sun Oct 23, 2011 7:18 pm

It is also doing well under lights, full of buds. Humidity runs 60% to 65%.
Here it is in the saikei.



Here is a close-up. There are pictures of it on the Internet. It is one of those plants that look like boiled spinach in a photograph, no matter what.




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Post  drgonzo on Sun Oct 23, 2011 7:21 pm

what a nice flower it has. Is it scented? And yes the pictures do often look like boiled spinach.
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Post  bonsaisr on Sun Oct 23, 2011 9:23 pm

No scent I can detect on such a tiny flower. They are about an inch long. I always get jarred looking at it, because it looks so much like an orchid, but of course the petals are all wrong.
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Post  bonsaisr on Wed Sep 04, 2013 2:54 am

Rotten stinking obstinate plant! Grows fine outdoors, fine under lights. No pest or disease. No terrarium. Bloomed last week. But does it ever bloom for a show? NOOOO! Evil or Very Mad 
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Post  bonsaisr on Mon May 04, 2015 2:46 am

Oh the disgrace! Embarassed Crying or Very sad I HAD THE NAME WRONG!
I was at the Violet Barn yesterday, and Ma insisted the name I had given her, Hemigraphis repanda, was incorrect. I went home & looked it up more carefully. These two genera have almost identical foliage, but the flowers are different. Pseuderanthemum longifolium has no common name. Both of these species apparently have a variegated form, which adds to the confusion. This genus Pseuderanthemum has several species in the trade, all with pretty little orchid-like flowers. Even monkeys fall out of trees. Rolling Eyes
I have nothing further to report on culture, except I wish it bloomed more often. It is a fast grower, so it needs frequent pruning, which delays blooming. Gets along fine with the serissas in the same saikei, except as I reported, needs daily watering.
I am fond of it, not only because of the flowers, also because of the acanthus foliage. Acanthus leaves are a popular design motif, dating back to ancient times. My bedroom furniture (French Provincial) has them, and my bedroom and living room rugs are full of them.

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Post  Tentakelaertje on Mon May 04, 2015 8:08 pm

There is little to find about the pseuderanthemum longifolium, and out of this topic I extract that it is an orchid, is this right to conclude?
Please forgive me, I'm very confused now haha
And if it is an orchid, how did you make a bonsai out of it?

Thanks in advance, Tentakelaertje

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Post  bonsaisr on Mon May 04, 2015 9:38 pm

No, this is not an orchid. I described the flowers as orchid-like, because they have a prominent lip with decorations. Pseuderanthemum belongs to the Acanthus family, with typical serrated leaves. My plant isn't really a bonsai; it is an understory bush in a saikei with serissas. Go back and look at the picture.
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Post  bonsaisr on Mon May 04, 2015 10:18 pm

Dear administrators,
Please do me a big favor and remove the name Hemigraphis repanda from this thread. I swear to you I have the right name this time. If you Google on Hemigraphis repanda, you come to a picture of MY plant, which is incorrect. The shame is more than I can bear. Sad
My reputation is in ruins.
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