Saturday, February 25, 2017

Dendrobium oligophyllum Gagnep.1950, a miniature

Phalaenopsis cornu-cervi [Breda] Blume & Rchb.f. 1860, red flowered form

The flowers are very nice but it is hard to get a good photo of them because they are so waxy the flash bounces from the petals as if from a mirror produced areas where all details and color are erased.

Encyclia cordigera [HBK] Dressler 1964, a particularly fine flower

The flower of this plant is among the largest I have seen in a cordigera orchid.  The pseudobulbs are large and husky.  The plant is the property of a friend, he has cultivated it to perfection.  The plant was brought on a local vendor, but appears to be the product of a cross of superior plants.

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Bletia patula Graham 1836, a vigorous plant with cerulean flowers

This plant is a variant of the normally pink flowered species.  It was found in a vacant lot that was going to be cleaned along with plants of the typical form.  It has proven to be a floriferous and vigorous grower.  This species is not difficult to grow as long as you replicate the way they grow in the wild.  They grow in places where, when it rains, the water percolates quickly and the ground doesn't stay soping wet.

Sunday, December 25, 2016

Epidendrum lacerum Lindley 1838, it is always a treat to see species from Cuba.

In Puerto Rico, the orchid market is dominated by hybrids due to their availability and relative ease of cultivation in comparison with orchid species.  However there is a small number of growers that cultivate mostly species.  Finding Cuban orchid species in cultivation is not common so it is always a pleasure to find one in bloom.  This is a species from Cuba, it is related to Epidendrum secundum but the flowers are different and they are also oriented differently in the inflorescence.

Epicatarthron Hilo Adventure (Cattleya Motte Spot x Epiarthron Kebing Mark Ragbir)

I saw this plant growing in a garden in the mountains of the west side of the Island of Puerto Rico, close to the town of Lares.  Local conditions appear to be very favorable to its growth.  It rains often, sometimes daily for weeks or even months.  Temperatures are lower that in the coast of the island.  The plant combines the genus Cattleya, Epidendrum and Caularthron.