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 […]
With shrugged shoulders and a smile on my face I drop my camera pack to the ground again. The climb is very steep and getting to the top quickly, would be nice. But, the thought repeating in my head today is “don’t be lazy…don’t be lazy…don’t be lazy”. You would be surprised that even in a cloud forest it can be easy to convince yourself that you don’t really need that photo. Or, that you’ll get the photo on the way down. Or, that there will […]
This elegant species looks superficially like Platythelys maculata with the iridescent spotting much reduced. That orchid is widespread through Central and Northern South America, so it wouldn’t be surprising to see variation in the markings. Of course the only way to truly tell is to see the flowers. In this case there were none. Combine the dark green colors, the reduced spotting, the small size (the narrow leaves were only and inch and a half long), and the solitary growth […]
This particular Lepanthes species occurred in small numbers at about 1000 meters in elevation. After taking a few photographs I could see the petals clearer, which looked to me like hairy arms resting on wide hips, impatiently waiting for me to take a photo and move on.
I have to admit that with time it is harder and harder for me to appreciate many of the Platystele species without some sort of aid. Still my love for this genus as a whole grows. The almost impossibly tiny flowers are alluring and always make me pause. While this species is not a “giant” like P. calantha or P. posadarum, it is large enough to easily enjoy even if you have older eyes. In the Fortuna area of Panama is […]
This Aspidogyne species, a terrestrial orchid which occurs in Ecuador and Peru blends in beautifully with the leaf litter and bryophytes on the ground. Grown in low light the leaves become very dark, almost to the point of being black. This contrast nicely with the pink ruffled edges. In higher light the leaves lighten a bit and more green and brown colors develop. The last photo shows a similar looking species of Aspidogyne. I am uncertain as to wether this is a […]