Thursday, August 11, 2011

Epidendrum lacustre, seen in the Quito Botanical Gardens

I saw this orchid at the Quito Botanical Gardens, in Quito, the capital of Ecuador.  This plant can be found in the wild in mountain areas from Costa Rica in the north to Peru in the south.  The plant, when it is not blooming has a certain similarity to a bifoliate Cattleya.  This orchid was planted in the ground in several places in the Botanical Gardens.  Some were growing in places where they got full sun, a few plants showed a bit of sunburn.  I saw plants of this orchid in several stages of blooming, some with developing inflorescences and others with old damaged flowers.  All plants were growing vigorously but the ones in the most sunny places had yellowed leaves.

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