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Unread 06-10-2010, 08:04 PM
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Default Cuban Orchids

I love the little ones! Here you can see my Maxillaria valenzuelana, now called Heterotaxis valenzuelana (A.Rich.) Ojeda & Carnevali.


Found from Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama, Colombia, Ecuador, Brazil and Venezuela as well as Cuba in wet montane forests as a small sized, hot growing epiphyte or lithophyte often found in full sun at elevations of 100 to 1500 meters without pseudobulbs that has pendant, imbricating, ditichous, foliaceous sheaths with narrowly triangular leaves that forms a fan-shape and blooms on a short [3 cm], axillary, single flowered inflorescence arising from the upper leaf sheaths and occuring at any time during the spring and summer.
The genus Maxillaria is one of the ancient, described in 1794, and as happened with other old and large genres, many species, originally described as Maxillaria were reclassificated to other genres like Lycaste, Bifrenaria, Pabstia, Xylobium, among others.
There has been reclassification of this genus based on DNA studies, these phylogenetic studies started in 2001 at the initiative of the University of Florida (USA) on a large number of species belonging Gender-Maxillaria (about 350), all of them came under discussion for years because in many cases there were significant morphological differences between them.
Molecular phylogenetics of Maxillaria and related genera (Orchidaceae: Cymbidieae) based on combined molecular data sets -- Whitten et al. 94 (11): 1860 -- American Journal of Botany
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Unread 06-10-2010, 08:24 PM
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Default Encyclia...

My favorite genus!

This one, Encyclia oblongata or E. brevifolia or E. pyriformis, it´s endemic of my area, the western part of the island: Pinar del Río and Isla de Pinos.
Very Very fragrant especially at noon. Sweet-smelling vanilla... sometimes I want to eat them all ...
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Unread 06-10-2010, 08:29 PM
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Wow Jose! Please keep showing us the seldom seen
and little known Cuban orchids (in the US at least).
I do hope one day to visit your beautiful island to see them up close.
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Unread 06-10-2010, 08:57 PM
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Default More Encyclia...

Encyclia phoenicia

abounds in Cuba, the color of the lip is variable and ranges from white to pale pink and violet. Flowers issued a characteristic sweet fragrance, very strong in the morning and noon, we call it "chocolate orchid."
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Unread 06-10-2010, 10:54 PM
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Oh my! I that Enc! beautiful!

Where ever you go, there you are ...
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Unread 06-10-2010, 11:37 PM
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Beautiful. I love the Maxillaria. I would love to go in the mountains up there and see the wild orchids and all the flora in general.
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Unread 06-11-2010, 04:23 AM
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Great photos. I love the Encyclias.
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Unread 06-11-2010, 06:37 PM
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Thanks everybody! It´s a great pleasure for me to show you all this! Wait for more!
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Unread 06-14-2010, 02:35 PM
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Great pictures! I love those Encyclias, very nice!

I don't know how that orchid got in the shopping cart........
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