amazondk Posted November 4, 2007 Report Share Posted November 4, 2007 Those are beautiful orchid photos. I have been collecting orchids off and on for a lot of years. Unfortunately many of them I no longer have since I left South Florida. I had to start over when I moved here to Manaus. Around here in Amazonia orchids are real easy to grow, you can just neglect them. I pick a new one up every once in a while on fishing trips or out in the forest. One species that is very common here is the Catasetum group. Some of them have very nice flowers. I don't have any in bloom right now. Here is where I currently keep most of my orchids which is the entryway garden in my house. There is one in bloom on the right side. This one has bloomed three times this year. I also like to pick up philodendrons which are very abundant. While walking in the forest you frequently come upon epiphytes on downed trees or limbs from storms. I also collect a few while paddling around in canoes in the flooded forest at high water. Since the water is up around 20 meters above the forest floor during that time you are actually in the canopy where the orchids are. The place where I saw the most orchids used was Singapore. They have them sticking on trees all over the place. The botanical garden there is fabulous. This is a Octomeria I believe. It was growing in the middle of the lake we fish on. I have one growing on tree fern fiber that does great. It is not in flower here, but has real nice little white flowers. 1 Don Kittelson LIFE ON THE RIO NEGRO 03° 06' 07'' South 60° 01' 30'' West Altitude 92 Meters / 308 feet above sea level 1,500 kms / 932 miles to the mouth of the Amazon River Manaus, Amazonas, Brazil - A Cidade da Floresta Where the world´s largest Tropical Rainforest embraces the Greatest Rivers in the World. . Click here to visit Amazonas Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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