Login
User Name
Password   


Registration is FREE. Click to become a member of OrchidBoard community
(You're NOT logged in)

menu menu

Sponsor
Donate Now
and become
Forum Supporter.


Many perks!
<...more...>


Sponsor
 

Google


Fauna Top Sites
Register Members O.C.D. Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read
LOG IN/REGISTER TO CLOSE THIS ADVERTISEMENT
Go Back   Orchid Board - Most Complete Orchid Forum on the web ! > STYLES, SETUPS & ENCLOSURES > Orchids in the Wild
Like Tree5Likes

Reply
LinkBack Thread Tools Rate Thread Display Modes
  #1  
Unread 12-29-2012, 09:25 AM
Silje's Avatar
Senior Member
 

Default Eulophia speciosa

I only recently realized that I probably had wild-growing orchids virtually on my door step. I mean, I know orchids exist in a wide range of habitats, but I considered the fairly dry thornbush savanna to be a less likely spot for them than many other places.

After googling some eulophia species, I came across a photo of an Eulophia speciosa, and something just fell into place. I KNEW I had seen that flower in the wild somewhere, and I remembered approximately where.

I've been driving around in that part of the farm searching for yellow flowers since the first rains begun, and with no luck.

But then...finally....

Eulophia speciosa-eulophia-speciosa-030.jpg

Eulophia speciosa-eulophia-speciosa-027.jpg

Eulophia speciosa-eulophia-speciosa-028.jpg

Eulophia speciosa-eulophia-speciosa-029.jpg

Eulophia speciosa-eulophia-speciosa-031.jpg

According to OrchidSpecies the Eulophia speciosa can be found in large parts of central and southern Africa. It grows in grasslands and deciduous woodland in poor rocky soils or even in sand dunes, up to 2000 meters above sea level (the farm is roughly on 1700 m). It is a terrestrial growing plant with underground pseudobulbs. When I begun to look around, I realized the area where I can see the flowers is like a mine field, full of half-hidden bulbs in the sand.

It flowers in the spring and/or early summer. And it is fragrant! Yes, indeed. It smells like vanilla!

the fence poles have been marked and from now on I will always be able to find them.
__________________
Silje

Orchids - Small pots of joy (most of the time)

Last edited by Silje; 12-29-2012 at 11:37 AM..
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Unread 12-29-2012, 11:05 AM
silken's Avatar
Super Moderator
 

Join Date: Feb 2009
Zone: 2b
Location: Saskatchewan, Canada
Posts: 6,624
Default

How wonderful!
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Unread 12-29-2012, 12:01 PM
cbuchman's Avatar
Senior Member
 

Join Date: Jul 2012
Zone: 6b
Location: Northern NJ USA
Posts: 1,867
Female
Default

That is so cool. Finding orchids in situ is so rewarding..
__________________
Kind Regards,
Carrie
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Unread 12-29-2012, 12:34 PM
tuvoc's Avatar
Senior Member
 

Join Date: Aug 2007
Zone: 7a
Member of:AOS
Location: Reno, NV
Posts: 7,345
Male
Default

Totally awesome.

Kim
__________________
Oh don't the day seem lank and long, when all goes right, and nothing goes wrong.
And isn't your life extremely flat, when you've nothing whatever to grumble at. W.S. Gilbert
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Unread 12-29-2012, 03:41 PM
NIVENJ's Avatar
Senior Member
 

Join Date: Apr 2011
Zone: 11
Location: East Londen, South Africa
Age: 28
Posts: 115
Male
Default

Eulophia are just great,and easy growers aswell,they occur nearly anywhere in the eastern cape, been spotting them over the years now and are always a fantastic sight to behold.....
__________________
Happy growing
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Unread 12-29-2012, 07:53 PM
Senior Member
 

Join Date: Nov 2012
Zone: 6a
Location: Indianapolis IN
Age: 55
Posts: 707
Male
Default

How phenomenal! The blooms look almost pea-like.
I have never seen this species before; how great to have the added bonus of scent...really nice.
Thanks for sharing your good fortune!!!!
Steve
Have a great 2013!
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Unread 12-29-2012, 09:30 PM
WhiteRabbit's Avatar
Super Moderator
 

Join Date: May 2008
Zone: 9a
Location: Nor Cal
Posts: 21,202
Default

Awesome!
__________________
-Sonya

Where ever you go, there you are ...
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Unread 12-29-2012, 10:16 PM
Ferns Daddy's Avatar
Senior Member
 

Join Date: Nov 2012
Zone: 5b
Location: Springfield Ma.
Age: 70
Posts: 906
Male
Default

How cool is that
__________________
FD

A lap is a terrible thing to waste. Don't let yours go unfilled
Reply With Quote
  #9  
Unread 01-01-2013, 09:24 PM
King_of_orchid_growing:)'s Avatar
Senior Member
 

Join Date: Apr 2008
Zone: 9a
Location: Los Angeles, CA
Posts: 7,982
Default

Nice find!

There are most likely some Disa spp. that also grow around that kind of environment. You might find some of those as well.
__________________
Philip
Reply With Quote
Reply

Bookmarks


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools
Display Modes Rate This Thread
Rate This Thread:

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Phal. speciosa var. 'alba' or something else OzPhal Species 8 07-26-2012 10:32 AM
Eulophia speciosa = the accidental success NIVENJ Propagation 5 11-04-2011 01:13 PM
Eulophia andamanensis King_of_orchid_growing:) Cymbidium Alliance 4 05-15-2011 01:18 PM
Eulophia speciosa Mike O'C Cymbidium Alliance 0 10-06-2008 10:38 AM
Eulophia leontoglossa Mike O'C Cymbidium Alliance 0 10-06-2008 10:33 AM

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 05:57 PM.

© 2007 OrchidBoard.com

Clubs, ShowCase vBulletin Plugins by Drive Thru Online, Inc.

SEO by vBSEO 3.6.0