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Orchids and others from Western Mexico

This is a discussion on Orchids and others from Western Mexico within the A Kodak Moment: not necessarily plants... forums, part of the Orchid Photography category; This time... in a different tree... waaaay to high up to reach... was another "Guaria" ...

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    Default another Guarianthe [Cattleya] aurantiaca...

    This time... in a different tree... waaaay to high up to reach... was another "Guaria" in full sunlight...

    It makes me wonder... if we grow these in a 'greenhouse' here in the US... and the plant looks green and healthy... are we getting the 'best' of it's blooming ability... or... does it bloom better under the 'stressful' conditions it gets normally in the wild ?

    1st photo... about 20 meters above ground... I wanted a piece of this plant very badly... but had to settle for a smaller and unbloomed plant attached to a fallen limb at the base of the tree.

    2nd photo... a cropped version of the above plant.

    These plants set seed capsules readily... and I have scattered thousands of seeds in areas where they are easily accessable... and not in danger of being decimated by road wideneng or new construction projects...

    3rd and 4th photos... the 'rescued "Guaria"... four years later ... in full seed pod stage... on a fence post in a neighbor's yard... 4th photo shows 9 pods... [these two are digital original photos... I upgraded my equipment on a return visit to the US]
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    Default Epidendrum ciliare...

    this is simply the largest orchid plant I have ever encountered in the wild...

    I didn't discover it... it was shown to me by a fellow as old as I am... and he remembers it as being big when he was just a child.
    It is on property [near a stock corral] that has been in his family for a long time. He told me that I was the first 'Norte Americano' that he had ever shown it to... and only because all I wanted was 'fotos'... not part of the plant.

    Photo #1... perched on the top of a huge boulder... near the bottom of a ravine...

    Photo #2... closer... we measured the width at just over 7 meters [22 feet]...
    [notice the tree (Madrone... I think) growing out of a crack in the boulder]...

    Photo #3... at the base of the boulder... looking into the mass...

    Photo #4... from the uphill side... shows the steepness of the terrain...
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    oh wow, very impressive thread and thanks for all the info, super!!!

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    Default Oncidium species...

    Thanks Ron... it's been fun looking for useable photos...

    and... the last for now... need to re-search the archives for more photos...

    This Oncidium [unsure about the exact species]... could be flexuosum or something similar. I'm not sure because it was about 10 meters away and 20 meters off the ground... and I couldn't find a fallen flower or plant part to help identify it.

    Once again... the Orchid was growing in full sun... we are about 19 degrees North Latitude... and even this fair skinned Scotsman didn't sunburn that badly... it took almost 2 days for me to look like a boiled lobster...

    Photo #1... almost missed it... the colors blended right into the other foliage...

    Photo #2... lots of old spikes... as well as the dozen or so in flower

    Photo #3... so close... but yet so far away...
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    Scotty ,thanks for all this beautys and the informations !

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