Today ORA announced the latest in a string of new releases – the ORA Solitaryensis. For those of you who love the tabling Acroporids, as well as those of you who never heard of something so cool, this one is for you. Much like other treasured tabletop species, this ORA release is said to be slow growing (ORA’s officially statement says this release has been in development for years)! Thankfully, add one of these and you won’t be cursing that you once again have to cut it back (yeah, all of you with Bali Green Slimer, maybe it’s time to trade UP to something that’s not a weed?!)
Still, this isn’t just your neighbor’s Efflo! Afterall, Acropora solitaryensis tends to be more “branchy” along the growing edge than A. efflorescens. The ORA Solitaryensis, if given enough time, will grow into multiple tables while retaining the more rough-edge unique to the species. Mature specimens of ORA Solitaryensis will take on a multi-tiered appearance reminiscent of Montipora capricornis…if M. capricornis had a drunken late night indiscretion with Acropora valida! Purple tips with green polyps baby, and a fused tan-green center.
Since it may take a while to grow the ORA Solitaryensis to size, and since hacking apart a prime specimen isn’t something any serious SPS keeper is going to be eager to do, you can bet that this latest release from ORA will remain in demand and possibly only available from the original source for a long time. For more on this latest release, ORA’s official statement from this morning is after the break.
This month ORA is proud to introduce the ORA Solitaryensis. The base color is a greenish tan and branch tips are light purple with striking green polyps. Branches grow horizontally and fuse together forming a solid plate in the center of the colony with new growth remaining separated. As the colony ages, it grows into multiple layers of horizontal plates. This Acropora is extremely slow growing and after many years of working with it we are happy to be releasing this splendid coral to the public. Frags are approximately 1” and well encrusted on plastic plug.