Orchids News

  • The Appeal Of Appendicula Species

    It seems that the majority of orchid lovers like to look at big flowers. This makes sense as these large flowers are very easy to observe. But we need to take the time to look at the miniature flowers too, because these blooms are just as lovely as their larger relatives. In this article, we want to introduce you to some of the smaller flowered species. None of the flowers mentioned here is bigger than 6 mm across the widest point of the flower.

    The genus Appendicula was established by Dr. Carl Blume, in 1825, in his Bijdragen from plants collected in Java. The generic name is from the Lati ...

  • The Single-flowered Paphiopedilum Species

    Members of the genus Paphiopedilum are very popular plants in horticulture world-wide. Some of the species have brightly coloured flowers, which last in good condition for a number of weeks. The flowers are also quite large, and their variation is delightful. Another reason for their popularity is that it is quite possible to collect a complete collection of all the species. Even better nowadays is that most of the species are available from seed-grown plants. The mottled foliage of the following species is also most attractive.

    The genus Paphiopedilum was first described by Ernst Pfitzer i ...

  • The Upright-growing Trichoglottis Species

    When one thinks of a Trichoglottis species, one usually thinks of species like Trichoglottis celebica (syn. Trichoglottis calochila), Trichoglottis latisepala and Trichoglottis mindanaensis, which are pendulous growing plants. But there are a number of species which are upright growers, and it is these species which we will discuss today.

    Probably, one of the most stunning of all Trichoglottis species is Trichoglottis atropurpurea, which is also known as Trichoglottis brachiata. The latter name cannot be used as it was published some 46 years after the epithet atropurpurea was introduced, a ...

  • An Orchid For Gina

    An atypical orchid species recently discovered in Bukidnon was named in honor of the person seen as "a true rara avis for environment," Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Secretary, Gina Lopez.

    The white flowers of the Grastidium ginalopeziae symbolize the glimmer of hope Lopez has given to the country's environment sector.

    "She [Lopez] has given hope to the Philippines and the rich natural resources that our country has," Dr. Miguel David de Leon — one of the discoverers of the ginalopeziae — told The Manila Bulletin when asked why his team named the flower after ...

  • A Trip To Sohoton Caves Samar

    Among the islands of the Philippines, are some extraordinarily beautiful places to visit. Some take a bit of an effort to reach them, because they are quite remote, but in a way, that is what makes these places so attractive to us.

    We have visited these caves on several occasions, without ever actually entering the caves themselves, because we are more interested in the orchids which grow around the caves, than the limestone formations within the caves.

    Fortunately, Sohoton Caves are located within the boundaries of a National Park, and the taking of anything, apart from pictures, is pro ...

  • The Terrestrial Cymbidium Species

    A couple of weeks back we did an article on the epiphytic Cymbidium species found in the Philippines. This week we are going to discuss a few of the terrestrial species, which are just as beautiful as their epiphytic relatives.

    It is quite amazing that all of the species we are writing about here are shared with other countries, and none are endemic (found in no other place) to the Philippines.

    Cymbidium aliciae is also found in Sulawesi. This species is known from central Luzon, Mindoro, Leyte, Negros, and has recently been found in Bukidnon on Mindanao. There is some color variation in ...