Sunday, September 25, 2016

Bulbophyllum rothschildianum (O'Brien) J.J. Sm. 1912, in 2016





In 2016, this orchid has produced his best blooming ever, with several inflorescences at the same time.  I attribute this to better care during its growing season and that I found the light exposure that is best for good growth, full sun for a few hours in the morning and bright shade the rest of the day.

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Stanhopea wardii Lodd. ex Lindley 1838, blooming with two inflorescences in 2016




This plant plant has bloomed several times for me but this is the first time it has bloomed with two inflorescences at the same time.  The plant is still relatively young, hopefully in the future it will produce even more inflorescences at the same time.

Basiphyllea corallicola (Small) Ames, maybe? This one has me stumped.


It is very rare that I can't identify a local species of orchid let alone decide to what genera a plant belongs.  My best guess is that this is a freshly opened flower of Basiphyllea corallicola.  However since all I have are line drawings and descriptions and my own limited knowledge of this genera, the ID has to be tentative.  The plant is growing in the Maricao forest.  It was the only open flower of this plant that was not severely damaged or already collapsed.  I know the flowers of Basiphyllea barely open, so this may be something else.  Then however I have no idea what it is.  

Cranichis tenuis Reichenbach f. 1865, found some dew covered flowers today.


Today I visited a population of Cranichis tenuis in the Maricao forest.  I was surprised to find only seven plants, when last year were dozens.  The place where they grow is not often visited by people so human influence is not suspect.  I visited the place early in the morning and found these flowers covered with dew.  I like how the flowers look.

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Unknown Sobralia species in my garden



I brought this Sobralia a few years ago as a small, two cane plant.  It has been growing slowly but steadily since then.  It now has several canes which I expect will bloom in the coming months.  It is growing at an altitude of about 1,000 feet above see levels in the mountains of Puerto Rico.  I find this plant easy to care for and it has not given me any problems.  I only water it during the dry season, the rest of the year the local rainfall is enough to cover its needs.  The flowers last only a single day.  If the day is particularly hot and dry this will make the flowers wilt sooner.  The flowers are fragrant.  I keep the plant close to main door of the house so that I don't miss the flowers when I leave the house in the morning.

Sunday, May 8, 2016

Bulbophyllum Lovely Elizabeth, this clone would produce large pink inflorescences, sadly I lost it. From losing this plant I learned the wisdom of always having more than just one division of your most prized plants.





This clone was beautiful and a vigorous grower.  Sadly I lost it because it was one of my firsts Bulbophyllum and I was still learning how to keep them well in the long term.  I have brought other clones of this hybrid but they all have been smaller and redder, favoring the rothschildianum parent.