Monday, January 21, 2019
In the difficult weeks and months after the hurricane, I lost hundreds of plants to the changed conditions of illumination, humidity and rainfall. This is one of the survivors of hurricane Maria. Last year it was in poor shape and it didn't bloom. The 2018 canes were small for the plant but they were large enough to produce four flowers. I expect that as it recuperates from the damage it suffered after the hurricane it will go back to blooming well. It is highly fragrant and even with only four flowers it perfumes the area around it.
Wednesday, December 19, 2018
Dendrobium harveyanum Rchb.f. 1883, blooming late in the year, months out of its normal blooming date.
Hurricane Maria caused grievous damage to the forest where I live. Many trees fell and the canopy was destroyed in most of the forest. Humidity and rainfall dropped. Because there was no canopy the area temperature went up. Also without the canopy the full power of the tropical sun hit all the understory plants burning them severely and killing some. I lost many of my orchids to the changed environmental circumstances. But some survived through it all. Among them Dendrobium harveyanum. In the last month it has not rained and the plants are suffering. I wonder if this period of low humidity triggered this out of season blooming of the harveyanum.
Tuesday, August 28, 2018
I photographed this plant at the 2018 Puerto Rico orchid society orchid show. This Dendrobium is a big plant. The flowers are impressively large for an antilope Dendrobium,
Monday, August 27, 2018
This orchid was seen the 2018 Puerto Rico Orchid society show. It is a large and healthy plant with long inflorescences and beautifully colored flowers. It is labeled Coelogyne dayana "pipping rock". Coelogyne dayana is a synonym of Coelogyne pulverula.
Thursday, August 9, 2018
After the storm: A view of a patch of forest in El Yunque rainforest, before and after hurricane Maria.
This is a view from the Iguaca Aviary, of a patch of forest
in El Yunque rainforest, before hurricane Maria.
The same place, after Maria.
Sunday, January 14, 2018
Oncidium altissimum [Jacq.] Swartz 1800, a close up of a flower from a plant growing in the Rio Abajo forest, Puerto Rico.
This orchid was one of the commonest epiphytic orchid in the Rio Abajo forest, Arecibo, Puerto Rico. However it is unclear how many plants survived hurricane Maria. Most plants grew high up the trees in branches that were close to the canopy, where they could get dappled sunlight. After the hurricane, the plants that remained on the trees were severely sunburned because without the canopy to filter the sun, they were exposed all day to the harsh strength of the the tropical sun. Unfortunately so many trees were broken, brought down or grievously damaged that checking on how the plants in the forest are doing right now would be a difficult and dangerous thing to do. Hopefully in the future I will be able to check on how the plants that I had observed fared after the hurricane.