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I'm in Panama today and I saw a couple of these guys today





 
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Growing as yard plants?
Not quite, this was at a place where they were growing the native orchids, but these might as well have been yard plants, they covered a good 75 sq. ft of the place
 

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Thats awesome lol... wish I could have phrags as yard plants, any other orchids or phrags? Or pictures of landscape forest etc.....
 
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Maybe mine don't get enough light.
Those leaves look spotless.
 

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Thats awesome lol... wish I could have phrags as yard plants, any other orchids or phrags? Or pictures of landscape forest etc.....
Got a couple more orchid pics, though I didn't think to take landscape pics...
The pictures in situ and at the conservation place are mixed in

Prosthechea vespa

Possibly Ada allenii

Gongora tricolor

I believe this is Lycaste macrophylla

Miltoniopsis roezlii

Neomoorea wallisii (I think)

Pleurothallis allenii sorry for the blurry pic on this one

This is the orchid whose ID I'm least sure about, Pescatoria cerina

Trigonidium riopalenquense

Notylia pentachne

Epidendrum ciliare

Mormodes fractiflexa


The Mormodes fractiflexa was the hardest of the orchids to photograph as I had to climb out on a limb over a small ravine with gusts of wind swaying the limb and halting any progress.
I asked a guy we were with for a ladder to try to get closer to it. He came back while we were looking for other orchids and assumed I wanted to take the plant. He proceeded to take it off the tree and bring it to me (I was mortified watching him carry it over). We have since reattached it and I can only hope that since it's dormant it will be able to survive the transplanting.

People in Panama don't see anything extraordinary about orchids and just see them as any other plant. Some people were burning their trash including tree limbs that had plenty of orchids (I think I was too late for an Onc. ampliata). We saved a couple of branches of orchids from the flames and brought them back to our host's house (just next door) and attached them to trees.
 
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Can you describe their potting conditions? And are they hand-watered or just left to the rain?
These were being grown in the ground and I believe that they were being watered every now and then
 

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I found a couple more Prosthechea vespa today that have different colorations. I thought at first I thought that it was because of brighter conditions on one vs. the other but after going through my pictures, I realized that both of these clones were sitting feet apart in the same amount of light




I'm not quite sure what this is, I thought it was a Maxillaria species but I'm not sure anymore. Anyone have an idea?



These seed pods were bigger than the pseudobulbs of this plant! Who ever said size didn't matter?
 

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Sad. People don't know the treasures they have. Thanks for sharing the photos. And for rescuing a few plants!
 

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Sad. People don't know the treasures they have. Thanks for sharing the photos. And for rescuing a few plants!
When I see what has happened in Florida and when I see how people regard orchids in Panama, I can only see them going down same path. Many accounts painted Florida in a layer of orchids, they were "dripping from the trees". Now? How many Floridians aside from those interested in orchids have ever even seen an orchid? In Panama, it was impossible not to see the!
 

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If I remember correctly I was speaking to the gal that runs the place and they use those phrags as decorative ground over around the entrance not so much for the flowers but the foliage. The flowers are just a bonus. I do not believe they were in pots just planted straight in the ground.


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