Archive for May, 2022

More Photos from the Peninsula Orchid Society Show

Saturday, May 28th, 2022

The recent Peninsula Orchid Society Show had plenty of great flowers. In addition to my earlier post, here are more photos to enjoy. This small event featured displays of extraordinary species and the latest hybrids. The species included the always-impressive, brilliant orange Masdevallia veitchiana, two tables full of purple and white Cattleya intermedia, and sunny […]

What’s in a Name: Indigenous Orchids of the Andes Mountains

Sunday, May 22nd, 2022

Orchids’ scientific names have often been chosen by people of European descent, even when those species are native to tropical Africa, Asia, Australia, or the Americas. However, many scientists are now paying overdue homage to these orchids’ native lands. Increasingly, they’re picking names to honor indigenous peoples, who may have had knowledge of these species […]

Peninsula Orchid Society Returns with a Great Show

Sunday, May 15th, 2022

Last Sunday, the Peninsula Orchid Society Show returned to San Mateo, California, south of San Francisco. After being cancelled for two years because of the pandemic, this year’s original January date was also postponed. The show’s successful return featured plenty of gorgeous orchids, good vendors, and friendly faces. The impressive displays spotlighted Bay Area cool-growing […]

A Weird Coralroot Orchid Grows in Austin

Monday, May 9th, 2022

Thanks to AboutOrchids reader Margaret Barnett for these fascinating photos of a wild, native orchid growing in Austin, Texas. This may look like bright yellow asparagus, but it’s an orchid. Corallorhiza orchids are commonly called Coralroots due their thick, coral-shaped rhizomes. This specimen lives beneath an oak tree, hidden underground, until its strange flowers spring […]

May Orchid Events

Sunday, May 1st, 2022

From Australia to Brazil to France to the USA, many orchid events are happily returning after a two-year pause. Enjoy these shows and expos safely. Protect yourself and protect others by getting vaccinated and wearing masks. May 4 – 8 Orquídeas de Primavera, Museo Franz Mayer, Av. Hidalgo 45, Centro Histórico, Ciudad de México, México […]