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.