Tuesday, May 16, 2017
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
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
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, May 8, 2017
Sunday, May 7, 2017
Wednesday, April 26, 2017
Tuesday, April 25, 2017
Monday, April 24, 2017
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.
Sunday, April 23, 2017
Saturday, April 22, 2017
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.
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.
Thursday, April 6, 2017
Wednesday, April 5, 2017
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.
Monday, April 3, 2017
Sunday, April 2, 2017
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.
Saturday, April 1, 2017
Friday, March 31, 2017
Thursday, March 30, 2017
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.
Wednesday, March 29, 2017
This orchid was in a garden. The gardener told me it had been moved there from the site of a road construction. The plant was growing well.