Ludisia Discolor Black Jewel Orchids
Jewel Orchids are very popular among hobbyists and collectors. They have been used for centuries as a symbol of royalty and nobility.
Some people even believe that they were created by aliens! However, the truth is far from it. These beautiful flowers do not come from outer space but rather from tropical regions such as South America, Africa, Asia and Australia (and possibly other places).
The most common name for these plants is “ludiceria” which means “little lady”. They are native to Central and South America.
Most of them grow in clusters with white, pink or purple flowers. The plant itself looks like a small shrub with long stems and slender leaves. Sometimes they resemble tiny trees.
They are easy to grow in containers. You just need to provide some extra light and water.
They require full sun, but can tolerate partial shade if kept well watered. They prefer moist soil so make sure that the potting medium does not dry out too much during the growing season. If you want to keep your ludicaria alive longer, then you should fertilize them regularly with organic matter such as peat moss or compost tea.
There are many types of ludiceria, including well-known orchids such as the German orchid, the spider orchid and many other types. The Ludisia discolor black jewel orchid is native to Australia where it grows in forests and woodlands.
It consists of a single leaf that comes from a small bulb attached to a brown stem. The leaf itself resembles that of a fern frond and can grow to be up to a foot long. During the spring and summer months it produces flowers that grow from the bulb. These flowers can be either black or purple, hence the names “Black jewel orchid” and “Purple jewel orchid”.
It is a fairly common plant in its natural habitat. It prefers moist soil but can tolerate dry soil.
It grows best in full sun to partial shade.
These orchids are fairly easy to grow as long as you provide them with the right conditions. You should make sure that the potting medium is well draining.
Otherwise, it will cause root rot. Also, make sure that the bulbs are not buried too deeply in the potting medium. These orchids should be watered thoroughly when they are first planted to help settle the potting medium around the bulbs. After that, you can probably water them once every week or two, depending on the climate and weather conditions.
If you want to have a Ludisia discolor black jewel orchid, you can find it for sale online through various plant and orchid supply websites. It is also fairly easy to grow from seeds as well.
If you plan on doing this, remember that the seeds need to be exposed to a controlled amount of cold in order to induce the plants into growing. You can also plant the seeds straight into potting soil rather than expose them to a cold treatment. This varies the time it takes for the seeds to sprout, but it is probably less of a hassle.
Also known as the “Little Sanguinary”, the Sanguineus Morri is a very rare plant found only in the darkest swamps of Southern Louisiana. It normally grows six to eight inches tall and has a dark red, almost black stem.
It also has dark green, olive-shaped leaves with a slight yellowish tinge. It’s flowers are a dark crimson red and have petals shaped like the drooping wings of a bat, hence the name “Bat Flower”. It blooms only at night and closes up during the day.
The plant grows mainly in damp soil and can survive almost anywhere as long as there is moisture. It’s most common growing in ditches and swampy areas, hence why it is most common in Southern Louisiana.
It’s also fairly rare, as there are only a few patches of them within its known range. It’s hard to tell the exact range as it is so rare that its hard to find someone who has actually seen the plant let alone know where they grow. The only two areas that are commonly known to grow these are in Felsham Swamps in Louisiana and the Hourglass River swamp in Mississippi. Out of the two, Felsham is the better known as it’s fairly close to a popular tourist town.
The plant is said to have magical properties, hence the name “Little Sanguinary”. It is used in love potions and is also said to bring good luck, hence why it is used in some gambling games in French Quarter.
Some say that it’s just a myth and the plant is really just used for decoration.
The Sanguineus Morri grows slowly, only reaching half a foot over the course of a year. The stems tend to grow outward from the center rather than up, giving it a spherical look.
It’s leaves stand directly opposite of each other and curve downward. At night, the flowers open up and release a powerful sweet smell that attracts nighttime flying insects such as moths and bats. The flowers only last for about a day before wilting and falling off. After that, the plant takes about a week to form a new flower.
The plant can be easily grown under the right conditions. It is commonly sold in French Quarter gift shops as a novelty item and it’s easy to find if you know where to look.
Unfortunately, those who grow it for sale generally do not know the proper care for the plant and as such, most of the plants bought from these shops generally don’t last more than a week or two.
The real trick in growing this plant is making sure that the soil where the roots are growing is neither dry nor soggy. It also needs exposure to moonlight, so unless you have a large window that faces the moon or a light that can mimic the moon’s cycle, it’s grow cycle will be off and it will act more like a normal plant rather than one with special properties.
When grown correctly, the plant has several magical properties. If a person sleeps near the flowers, they will have vivid dreams that can potentially prophecy the future.
The brighter the flowers glow, the easier it is to understand the visions and omens that appear in the dream. This plant does not cause Dreamscape or anything similar, it just allows the user to be able to understand any omens or visions received while sleeping with the plants scent in the air.
The other magical property is that it can be used as an alternative to mandrake roots. While it doesn’t have quite the same effect as mandrake roots do, it still can be used as a substitute in most cases.
The Little Sanguinary is one of the few magical plants that actually has useful properties, unlike other plants that are just used to boil potions or bewitch men. If you find a spawn pod, it would probably be wise to take care of it in a controlled environment, lest someone with ill intent get a hold of it.
You look at your plant and realize that while you do have a green thumb, you don’t have a black one. You’re not sure if this is something that you want to deal with right now, but then again it could increase the safety of yourself and the coven.
If you can control the Little Sanguinary, you will be able to better defend yourself if need be.
You could also give it to someone else to look after if you’re uncomfortable with it, but who? Heather?
She’s a bit too carefree and laid back to take something like this seriously.
She’s a Mortal and has no idea about any of this stuff.
He’d probably just mess it up.
You could also just destroy it; it is an incredibly pretty plant after all.
In any case, you don’t have to decide right now, you can always deal with it later.
Morning comes and you head out to class, which is very dull as usual. After school you have drama class, which is equally as dull as Mrs.
Graham goes on about the “glories” of British Theater for an hour and a half.
Finally you head home, and on the bus ride you see the Little Sanguinary has begun to wilt. It’s no longer a brilliant red color, but a pale pink.
The plant is giving off a strong smell, one that smells equal parts pleasant and like rotting flesh.
You arrive at the bus stop near your home and are about to head off when you feel your arm hair begin to rise. A split second later a bus smashes into the bus stop and you’re sent flying.
You fly into the air and then smack into the pavement, your organs mash around inside you as your bones crack. Your vision fades for a moment, but slowly comes back as you realize that you’re still alive.
You’re half right.
Pain shoots through your body as you slowly pick yourself up off the ground. Your skin is shredded and torn apart, the bus clearly running you over as it did the bus stop.
Your blood spills out onto the pavement beneath you and you know that you can’t stay here.
With effort, you manage to stand up, though you feel like passing out. You have to get home, but you don’t know if you’ll make it.
Your feet drag on the ground as you slowly march home, the taste of copper filling your mouth every time you take a breath. Your heart beats in your chest and you feel it getting slower with every pump.
Your skin burns as you feel your life force slowly slipping away. You’re clearly only moments away from death, and despite your best efforts, you don’t think you’ll make it home.
Your mind drifts to a happier time, back when your mother was still around. Back before your sister was taken away from you and Jessica left you because she was too good for you.
You see the Little Sanguinary again, as vibrant and beautiful as ever. You want to touch it one last time…
You fall to your knees and reach towards the plant, but you’re not close enough. You try to get up, but you don’t have the energy.
A scream escapes your mouth as you fall to the ground, and darkness overtakes you.
You life fades from your body, along with your soul…
The Little Sanguinary sits in the middle of the road, vibrant and red as always…
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Medicinal orchids of Asia by E McDonald – 1999 – books.google.com
Beneficial Effects of Endophytic Fungi from the Anoectochilus and Ludisia Species on the Growth and Secondary Metabolism of Anoectochilus roxburghii by ES Teoh – 2016 – books.google.com
Orchids as house plants by B Ye, Y Wu, X Zhai, R Zhang, J Wu, C Zhang… – ACS …, 2020 – ACS Publications
A review of the trade in orchids and its implications for conservation by RT Northen – 1976 – books.google.com