Friday, October 21, 2016
I brought this plant many years ago, at a small stall in a local Mall. It would produce gigantic pseudobulbs, easily avocado sized. The inflorescences were massive, at one time one produced one hundred flowers at the same time. Unfortunately I lost it to root rot when I moved to a place high in the mountains that was way more humid than this plant can tolerate. It differed from almost all the Enc. elata I have seen in cultivation in that the flower segments were longer, with curled back sides and the flowers were larger.
Thursday, October 20, 2016
An exceedingly old cross, this plant only bloomed for me when exposed to full sunlight for a few hours each morning. Unfortunately I lost it to black rot during a prolonged spell of very wet and cool weather.
Tuesday, October 18, 2016
This is the first time this plant has bloomed for me. The plant is still small, I expect that as it get bigger the inflorescences will be larger and fuller.
Sunday, October 16, 2016
These orchids were growing in the eroded face of a hill, under and between spiny bushes and stunted trees. The substrate was mud and loose stone, a mixture that made walking around challenging and dangerous. The angle of the side of the hill varied between 45 and 60 degrees. In some spots the bushes were a solid impassable mass. In the steepest places there were no plants at all but only bare rock. Most of the area was a crazy quilt of continuos vegetation, eroded spots, bare rock places and stunted grass patches.
Saturday, October 15, 2016
I visited this population of orchids for the first time back in 2013. Today I checked on it and was pleased to find that the plants are still doing well. The plants were blooming and I saw seed pods and seedlings. There seems to be fewer plants in places where they can be easily seen from the trail but that might just be because aren't as many plant flowering now as when I first visited. The place seems little changed. However, before I got to the place where the orchids are I had to wade through a veritable sea of neck tall grass, Panicum maximum. There may be that coming next dry season the area will be very fire prone due to large amount of dry grass present. However the orchids are growing higher in the mountain in a place so dry that the grass is stunted, small and inhibited from growing by the abundant spiny bushes. You can read about my first visit to the place where these orchids grow here. http://ricardogupi.blogspot.com/2013/10/psychilis-x-raganii-serendipitious.html