domingo, 22 de febrero de 2009

Wild Orchids from Puerto Rico (PART II)

I'm very sorry to all of the US friends I've met on the tours for not putting the information in english so from now on english is what's going to be on the blog. Hope you enjoy this trip too!!!

The information I'm going to be providing I'm taking from: Ackerman, James D., The Orchids of Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. University of Puerto Rico Press, 1992, First ed. Non of the information below is mine unless specified.


  1. This orchid below has me a little confused because on the book mentioned above is named Erythrodes plantaginea but I've seen it been called Michrochilus plantaginaeus... so if you, reading this are an orchid freak like me, help me out here.
  • This species is very well recognized by its pure white flowers which have a very conspicuous, saccate nectar spur about 3 to 5mm long.
  • Bloom in the winter months and produce numerous white flowers.

  • Occurs throughout the West Indies and is one of the most common terrestrial orchid in moist and wet undestroy habitats at middle to high elevations.

  • Found on the rain forests of Puerto Rico.



2. This next orchid below is named Dilomilis montana refering to "the high montane habitat occupied by the species".

  • Terrestrial or epiphytic orchid.

  • Commonly seen at high elevations in the upper Luquillo and Cordillera forests (picture below was taken at Sierra de Luquillo).

  • Thrive in virgin cloud and dwarf forests as well as in disturbed, open areas along trails and roadsides.

  • Bloom in winter months with fragrant white flowers.

3. The next orchid below is named Cranichis muscosa probably refering to the "mossy habitat commonly occupied by it".
  • The plant is confused with a herb.

  • Only obvious in winter months when it produces the small white flowers.

  • The lip of the flower is 4mm long but has distinctive minute green or yellow spots.

  • It is mostly found throughout the island of Puerto Rico.

  • It self-pollinates so very often will find it with fruits.


1 comentario:

Ricardo in PR dijo...

Muy buenas las fotos, también me gusta fotografiar las orquídeas de PR pero hay veces que las descripciones taxonómicas me dejan preguntándome si hice la determinación correcta. Ya veo que por lo menos hay alguien con quien puedo comparar notas.