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 […]
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.
When I first found myself gravitating to pleurothallid orchids, it was the large-flowered Masdevallias that pulled me in. Here in the Cordillera del Condor of Ecaudor, I find myself sitting on the top of a ridge among all the mosses and ferns, and on a twig closer to the ground than I would have imagined, is a tiny plant of Masdevallia deformis. A bright red orange lantern of a flower dangling like a marker for the plant being smothered by the moss. […]