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 […]
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.