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cane

An elongated psuedobulb, usually used when describing Dendrobiums.

 

capsule

The seedpod of an orchid, often containing thousands, even millions, of seeds.

 

CBR

Certificate of Botanical Recognition. An AOS award given only once to an orchid species when it is first displayed in bloom,

 

CCM

Certificate of Cultural Merit. An AOS award presented to the grower of a well

 

Central growing point

On a monopodial orchid, this is where the upright vegetative growth will begin.

 

CHM

Certificate of Horticultural Merit. An AOS award given to a species of outstanding interest to growers.

 

CITES

Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species. The multinational agreement that lists which plant and animal species are considered endangered and the rules by which their trade is governed.

 

Cleistogamous

Term used to describe a flower that self

 

Clone

All the various vegetative manifestations (divisions, meristern propagations, and so forth) of a single orchid plant grown originally from a single seed; designated by single quotes around its name.

 

Column

The fused sexual organ of an orchid flower, found atop the lip.

 

Community pot

Many tiny seedlings planted together in a single container before they are individually repotted.

 

Compot Common

Term meaning "community pot."

 

Cool temperature

For orchids, a minimum winter nighttime temperature of 45'F, with daytime temperatures 15

 

crock

Small pieces of broken earthenware or flower pots, placed in the bottom of a pot when repotting to aid in drainage.

 

Cross

The progeny that result from transferring pollen from one plant to the flower of another; the act itself.

 

Crown

The central part of the rosette of leaves in a monopodial orchid such as Pbalaenopsis, from which new growth arises upward.

 

cultivar

In orchids, a specific plant grown from a single seed; designated by single quotes around its name.

 

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