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Dend. delacourii

This is a discussion on Dend. delacourii within the Cattleyas, Vandas, Dendrobiums IN BLOOM forums, part of the Orchid Photography category; I saw this orchid in the wild some years ago, when, let off the leash ...

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    Default Dend. delacourii

    I saw this orchid in the wild some years ago, when, let off the leash in order to celebrate a special birthday ( maybe i was 70 or something) I went to North Thailand with a private botanical expedition organised for me by a guy who ran a little orchid nursery there ; aimed at seeing certain Paphs growing , so that I could take pH readings etc etc trying to see what they get in the wilds. It was also at the start of the rainy season for other "culltural information ascertation" purposes. In one place we found a bit of forest which had suffered a forest fire which had killed all the trees, although they still stood ; no new growth. The first re-colonists seemed to be some ferns and a few species of orchids - I have often read of these being the first colonists after volcano eruptions - I suppose the very light seeds and spore which travel by wind are responsible, any species with heavier seeds would need to wait for longer to get there being defecated by birds etc... so I suppose.

    And this species was one such. It demosnstrated how opportunistic orchids can be . It was growing on dead trees, epiphytically ; it was growing on slabs of rock ( probably Karst limestone - but my geology is not quite as good as I like to think my botany is ) so that is lithophytically , and it was also growing terrestrially in "soil". I even found one - and this pic has appeared a lot after I showed it somewhere, being copied , odten without acknowledgment , growing as an epiphyte on a host of a stags head fern.

    Seeing orchids in the wild is the ultimate experience - anyone young enough to be able, should make an effort - it can be life enhancing if not actually life changing.

    My plant here was not collected , but bought subsequently ; on a piece of cork oak which fits comfortably in my hand it has about six growths now.

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    I love the creamy ivory color of these flowers. And the ciliated yellow lip is interesting - aw, heck! - I like the whole darned thing!

    Thank you, Geoff, for the information and the story about your travels. I really treasure what you share.

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    Very nice orchid and a lovely story behind it... thanks for sharing.

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    very sweet and lovely orchid.

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    I love that orchid! I love how small it is and those weird little tonsils.
    What a great story too!

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    Life and beauty among the ruins of a fire. I can somehow picture this orchid standing out in the middle of rock and charred wood. AL

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    What a beautiful orchid!! Love the story.

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    Really cool lip on this orchid. Great story too. Thanks Geoff!

    cheers,
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    what a superb species!!!

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