Sunday, October 2, 2016
Basiphyllea corallicola (Small) Ames, one of our native orchids of Puerto Rico
I found this orchid in the Maricao forest. I have walked many times by the place where this clump of plants is growing and never noticed them. They are practically invisible without their inflorescences. This plant is rarely photographed. I always thought that Basiphyllea flowers remained almost completely closed, but it seems there is a population in Maricao where flowers open wide. Unfortunately when I found this clump, a few buds remained and only a single, damaged flower was opened wide.