Thursday, October 1, 2015
Tolumnia variegata "in situ" in the Rio Abajo Forest, Puerto Rico, a plant that I have been watching since last year.
I have been watching this plant since last year when I spotted it blooming in September. The plant is growing exposed to full sun in a decaying branch. This year has been hard on this plant, there was a prolonged spell of lower rainfall during what is normally one of the wettest periods of the year. This year's growths are smaller and look yellower and wrinkled in comparison with the relatively larger and plumper growths it had in 2014. The inflorescences are smaller and have fewer flowers. However this year it has produced more inflorescences than in 2014. The branch where this orchid grows is dead and is decaying, it remains to be seen if it will last for another year. It is not uncommon, as one walks thorough the forest after a storm, to find branches broken by the wind. It may be that this will be the fate of this branch. Should this happen I will relocate the plant to another branch in the same tree.