Bulbophyllum Gutulatum

Posted on: 9th May 2011 | 0 Comments

Picked up this little Bulbophyllum Gutulatum beauty a couple of weeks ago at Orquidário Paulista. Couldn’t resist the purple lip.

Common Growth Conditions & Species Information

  • Light: Dappled or Partial Shade
  • Temperature: 50-62˚F / 10-17˚C {night average}
  • Bloom Season: Spring / Winter
  • Flower Size: 2 1/4″ / 6 cm
  • Fragrant: No

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Epidendrum fulgens in Situ

Posted on: 2nd May 2011 | 0 Comments

Last week some friends came down from the United States. It was their first trip to Brazil, so my husband and I took them to our favorite place…Florianópolis 🙂

On our first day we went for a hike on one of the trails located on the south east part of the island. The trail leads to a beach called Lagoinha do Leste (Little Lake of the East). The ascent is through what is locally called the mata atlantica, or Atlantic rain forest. The forest is dense on both sides of the trail, as well as overhead, and the air is cool and humid. When we came up over the mountain, and out of the jungle cover, the forest gives way to a brush covered coastal mountain side. On our descent we spotted a couple of lovely Epidendrum fulgens specimens.


Common Growth Conditions & Species Information

  • Light: Bright or Full Light
  • Temperature: 65-85˚F / 20-30˚C {night average}
  • Bloom Season: Fall
  • Flower Size: 1″ / 2.5 cm
  • Fragrant: No

Epidendrum fulgens grows in the restinga vegetation near the Atlantic shore from Rio de Janeiro in the north to Rio Grande do Sul in the south, at a typical elevation of 10 meters, and as little as 20 yards from the oceans edge. They are a warm to hot growing terrestrial orchid that blooms in the fall in Brazil.

Lagoinha do Leste
There are two entrances to Lagoinha do Leste. The trail I mention above is accesed through Pântano do Sul, is about 2,5 km (1.5 miles) long and takes about 90 minutes one way. The elevation rises from sea level to 200 meters (656 feet) almost halfway, and then back to sea level. This trail is used more by the local fishermen and surfers. There is alternate access to Lagoinha through Matadeiro beach. This trail is about 4,3 km (2.5 miles), elevation rises to around 100 meters (330 feet), and takes roughly 5 hours round trip.



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Restrepia striata…blooming again!!

Posted on: 25th April 2011 | 0 Comments

Restrepia striata…the plant that keeps on giving. This was one of the first orchids that I bought when I first moved to São Paulo two years ago. It was in bloom with one single flowered inflorescence, and has not stopped since.

I previously posted about my Restrepia but I’m so enamored with this little plant that I just have to make another post!

Common Growth Conditions & Species Information

  • Light: Dappled or Partial Shade
  • Temperature: 50-62˚F / 10-17˚C {night average}
  • Bloom Season: Spring / Winter
  • Flower Size: 2 1/4″ / 6 cm
  • Fragrant: No

Restrepia striata naturally occurs in Venezuela, Peru, Ecuador, Bolivia and Colombia in wet montane forests at elevations of 1180 to 3200 meters. It is a miniature sized, cool to cold growing epiphyte with erect ramicauls enveloped completely by several inflated sheaths and carrying a single, apical, broadly elliptical leaf that blooms on a terminal, erect, threadlike, to 5″ {12 cm} long, single flowered inflorescence.

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Ornithophora radicans

Posted on: 18th April 2011 | 0 Comments

I just saw an Ornithophora radicans at an orchid show here in São Paulo last month, and it was a monstrous plant!! Mine is so tiny and cute, but this thing was a bush! I can see that if given time, and proper cultivation this species is quite rewarding.

Common Growth Conditions & Species Information

  • Light: Dappled or Partial Shade
  • Temperature: 68-85˚F / 20-29˚C {night average}
  • Bloom Season: Summer / Fall
  • Flower Size: 1/4″ / 1 cm
  • Fragrant: Yes

Ornithophora radicans is found in southeastern and southern Brazil near the coast at elevations around 400 meters. It is a miniature sized, warm to hot growing epiphyte with thin, narrow, oblong-ligulate, compressed, ancipitous pseudobulbs subtended basally by several, distichous, leaf-bearing sheaths and carrying two apical, grasslike, cuneate, linear-ligulate, acute, membraneous leaves {a lot of science right?}. Tiny fragrant flowers bloom in summer and fall on an arching, slender, 7″ {18 cm} long, several flowered inflorescence.

Best grown on a slab of tree fern in warm to cool temperatures, moderate shade and kept moist year round except for a short dry rest after the pseudobulb has matured.

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