Thursday, March 31, 2011
1980 Mona Island, a happy smile in an awful spot, a memory from my AEB times
One one trip to the red footed booby colony I found a an orchid in full bloom with flowers that I have never seen before. It looked so delicate and out of place in the arid landscape. I took a flower back with me and Hector Colon who was quite familiar with the flora of Mona Island identified it as something new for Mona Island. Later it was identified as Broughtonia dominguensis, this was the first time this orchid had ever been found in the Puerto Rico area. I was fascinated by the fact that this small orchid could thrive in such a hostile enviroment. This was the start of my interest for orchids, which continues to this day.