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 […]
In the early 90’s I was lucky enough to import a plant from Wolfgang Bandisch who owned Sogeri Orchids in PNG. It was originally identified as Bulbophyllum adenambon, but this name was later put into synonymy with B. quadrangulare. The few photos of B. quadrangulare shows a flower with lateral sepals in yellow to orange with basal red striping. It also has a dorsal sepal that approaches white, again with some red stripes. The plant that I received has flowers the most beautiful red to […]
It’s been over a decade and a half since I was fortunate enough to receive some rarities from Andres Maduro of Panama. He was the wonderful gentleman who started Finca Dracula. Back in the ’90’s I remember talking to him about his attempts to start up a farm to breed dartfrogs. He had many interests and always was eager to have a conversation. Sadly, Andres passed away a few years back, but certainly after living a great life. His beautiful and […]