Archive for November, 2019

Orchids at the Center of Cloud Forest Conservation in Ecuador

Sunday, November 17th, 2019

Tune in to In Defense of Plants for an orchid conservation success story. Lou Jost has worked to protect cloud forests in orchid-rich Ecuador for decades, and has helped to create seven nature reserves. The reserves are essential habitats for many endangered plants and animals, including fascinating pleurothallid orchids, like Masdevallias, Draculas, and Stelis. If […]

Singapore’s Supertrees Are Full of Orchids

Tuesday, November 12th, 2019

The island nation of Singapore has a grove of trees unlike any others in the world, the Supertrees. These tall, human-made structures are covered with air plants, or epiphytes, like orchids, bromeliads, and ferns. They’re superb examples of how to incorporate orchids into vertical gardens. Planting beds around the bases of the Supertrees also feature […]

Dragon Discovery: The Dracula Smaug Orchid

Wednesday, November 6th, 2019

RBG Kew reports on Dracula smaug, a newly discovered orchid. This orchid isn’t named after the vampire legend; “Dracula” means “little dragon” in Latin, and “Smaug” is the name of the fire-breathing dragon from JRR Tolkien’s classic, The Hobbit. The species was discovered in cloud forests of northwestern Ecuador, near the Colombian border. Even though […]

November Orchid Events

Friday, November 1st, 2019

People love orchids all over the planet, evidenced by these long, monthly lists of events. Don’t miss these chances to enjoy lots of stunning blooms. November 1 – 2 Nambour Orchid Society Species Show, Uniting Church Hall, Coronation Ave., Nambour, Queensland, Australia November 1 – 2 Sapphire Coast Orchid Club Native Show, Twyford Hall, Market […]