Sunday, August 9, 2009

Orchids

I’m pretty clueless when it comes to orchids. My brother happens to be a fan though, and told me to take photos while we were over here, since Papua New Guinea is such a rich environment for them. So this blog is for you Scott. Saturday I went to a meeting of the gardening club on center, and the topic was orchids. The person leading the meeting showed us the over 100 varieties of orchids that he has collected just within the past year, most of them now residing in a large mango tree in his yard.

When I came home, I took a closer look at our own yard, and discovered that we have several types of orchids growing in our frangipani trees. (A previous owner of the house was an orchid fan). Most of them were not in bloom, but I took some photos of the five varieties that were in bloom. I’ve made a rough stab at naming them (or at least the genre), with the aid of a little guide I got from the gardening club. But I make no promises on how accurate the names are.

D. Polysema


D. pseudoglomeratum


Mediocalcar


Epidendrum


Spatulata

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