This Bulbophyllum species is abundant where it occurs and found throughout Asia. As indicated by its species name, it is a fragrant bloomer! (rare for a Bulbophyllum). It likes shady conditions, with a few hours of good sun at most. Like most Bulbophyllums, it does well in terrarium conditions.
This grasslike orchid hails from Brazil, where it lives at elevations around 400m. The pseudobulbs are narrow and like to grow in open air. It much prefers to be loosely mounted, and without moss, ideally hanging off a branch or treefern pole in high humidity. It is not particularly tolerant of drying out, so should likely be for terrarium culture only.
This one has long lost it’s tag. It is an easy grower, and likes to be mounted to treefern without much or any sphagnum. It’s tolerant of rather stagnant conditions, and thrives in high humidity. I have not had good success with orchids, but this one has given me no trouble and could likely be grown as a house plant as well.
This Epidendrum was a purchase from the local Portland Gesneriad Society sale this past fall. It didn’t come with an ID but has recently bloomed, so I’m hoping someone will be able to tell me what it is. After four months it’s still alive, and has even grown, so I’d say it passes the preliminary orchid hardiness test. And the foliage,
This pendant orchid used to be Lepanthes nummularia, but has been reclassified to Andinia. It seems to be pretty hardy, and has been slowly growing for a few years. The room it’s in stays between 60-80F depending on the time of year. It’s being grown on a narrow branch in medium light.
For two years now I’ve been putting all my “stragglers” in this terrarium. Anything that isn’t doing well in my plant bins goes in here. The Bryophytes and orchids are just starting to come into their own, and this Pleurothallid is more or less always in bloom. There are also a trove of epiphytic ferns in here that I’m hopeful will create some nice colonies within the decade 🙂
At the top of Cerro Azul, near Panama City there is a very nice area that almost feels like a park. It is filled with smaller trees that seem old but are not very tall. The walking is easy and it makes for a nice peaceful day to walk around and photograph plants. The mountain is high enough to get a lot of mist from clouds rolling in, but its apparent that the area goes through dry spells. There are […]