Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Dendrobium schuitemanii described in 2010


This plant is often labeled as Cadetia taylori,   It was described as a new species of Dendrobium in the volume 74 of the Orchid Digest in the issue #4 October-December 2010.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Aranthera Anne Black, a hybrid registered in1957


This plant is very easy to grow.  It is in the island cooler interior that I have seen the best and brightest colored flowers of this hybrid.

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Papilionanthe hookeriana [Rchb. f.]Schlechter 1915, the pollen parent of the hybrid Papilionanthe 'Miss Joachim'


This orchid is one of the parents of the ubiquitous hybrid, Papilionanthe Miss Joachim.  In the original cross, it has been determined that the pod parent was Papilionanthe teres var. andersonii.  This plant should be easy to cultivate in Puerto Rico except maybe for the dry southern coast.  However it is very rare in cultivation in the island.

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Papilionanthe pedunculata (Kerr) Garay 1974, a cool growing orchid


Cool growing orchids die when exposed to the relentless hot weather of coastal Puerto Rico.  But on the mountainous interior of the Island, the temperatures are low enough to allow these orchids to grow and even to thrive.  I drove more than an hour into the interior of the island to photograph this orchid.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Dendrobium devonianum Paxton 1840



My plant has bloomed again.  Only with three flowers, but considering this is a plant from a temperate climate, I am happy it blooms at all.  It is challenging to grow and loses vigor and size if it doesn't get consistent care.

Monday, April 24, 2017

Maybe Bulbophyllum grandiflorum Blume 1847



Grammatophyllum speciosum Blume 1825



This plant was given to me in 1995, then it was barely the size of my little finger.  It was fresh from a community pot.  It took twelve years to reach blooming size.  This year it produced two massive inflorescences.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Paphiopedilum Landmark (glaucophyllum x sanderianum)


Sudamerlycaste peruviana (Rolfe) Archila 2002, var peruviana



Pelexia adnata (Sw.) Poit. ex Rich 1818, Bosque de Rio Abajo, Puerto Rico


Most afternoons, when it doesn't rain, I jog in the forest trails.  Most of the vegetation by the trail sides is either ferns or weeds, but occasionally I see something unusual.  A few weeks ago I noticed this orchid.  However the flowers are tiny and the plant is small so it hardly stands out from the surrounding plants.

Microchilus species, in the forest understory, Guilarte Peak, Puerto Rico


While walking on the trail that leads to the top of the Guilarte peak, I found a some plants of this species blooming.  I found several plants to only two still had flowers as its blooming season in this locality is ending.

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Phalaenopsis stuartiana Rchb.f. 1881


Seen in the 2017 Puerto Rico orchid society show.

Paphiopedilum St. Swithin 'El cotorro electrico'



This is the third spike this plant has put out on 2017.  I didn't photograph the first blooming, with two spikes because I was very busy and when I found time, the flowers were not at their best.  Hopefully next year it will bloom even better.  Usually it produces four flower per inflorescence, in this one it only produced two and of a lesser size than other blooming.

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Dendrobium Silver King


Dendrobium Jairak Fire Horn 'Cooper Prince' AM/AOS.



Really liked the color of this one.  The flowers are large and richly colored.  The plant was in the middle of a group of many other Dendrobium and other orchids which made it impossible to take a good side view of the inflorescence.  If this one grows as large as other antilope Dendrobium plants, it will be a truly spectacular.

Dendrobium lineale Rolfe 1889


Dendrobium (Amana Kutin x sutiknoi) x Den Constance)


Thursday, March 30, 2017

Dendrobium Yellow Jacket 'Olimpia', Puerto Rico Orchid society 2017 show Grand Champion



A massive plant with hundreds of flowers.  An excellent example of the impressive size these plants can attain when cultivated by a knowledgeable grower and in the climatic conditions that suit it best.

Orchid from Ecuador, truly weird, I think is a Scaphosepalum