As Simon said last week, I have travelled to Ecuador to attend and speak at the 22nd World Orchid Conference. Tuesday was the first full day of the conference, which was full of interesting speakers. I spent the day looking around the conference’s displays and the plants on show, including a display of wonderful Phalaenopsis hybrids.
Thursday was spent visiting Ecuagenera’s nursery here in Guayaquil, a place in many ways is an orchid growers paradise, acres of growing space all full of many different species from all around the world, mostly from South America. At the moment their Cattleya Maxima are in flower including hundreds of ‘Coerulea’ forms, which made for quite a spectacular sight. The conference has now ended, but the show is still on tomorrow so I will endeavour to photograph as many of the species and hybrids on display.
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Pholidotas pallida is native to the eastern Himalayas and South East Asia. In Sikkim, Arunachal Pradesh and Laos we have found Philodota species to be amongst the most abundant orchids present in trees along roads in a band from 500m to 1500m although these species are not well represented in collections as some of them can be rather untidy.
Pholidota pallens is not one of the untidy ones, ir is a relatively compact plant with attractive grey green pseudobulbs and long flower spikes with small but intriguing flowers that spiral around the spike.
The species is reported from 1000m altitude up to 2300m but we find it enjoys growing with a little more heat than this would suggest in our Warm Asia section
We hear from Jacob that the World Orchid Conference is really fantastic. The photo here shows him in front of the Thailand Orchid Society display.
This is a miniature flowered species native to Thailand and Malaysia where it grows in lowland forest. This oberonia species grows pendulous growths each year with short overlapping leaves and long terminal flower spikes of tiny yellow flowers in whorls.
Oberonia species are fascinating for their tiny flowers as well as their diverse growth patterns (contrast this species with Oberonia sp. day 14).
Oberonia species have been a significant component of the orchid flora we have observed in Sikkim, Laos and Arunachal Pradesh and they deserve more significance in collections however raising them from seed is made very challenging by the tiny flowers and tiny seed pods. We will be attempting to pollinate this plant this week – wish us luck.
We grow Oberonia miniata in Warm Asia in a basket and mounted to show off the pendulous habit.