Amazon Orchids

IN 2007, GOOD FRIENDS NELS & LINDA HAGENSTEN FLEW DOWN TO VENEZUELA IN THEIR PRIVATE PLANE TO VISIT WITH US. NELS THEN FLEW FIVE OF US INTO THE AMAZON JUNGLE TO VISIT ANGEL FALLS, THE LARGEST WATERFALL IN THE WORLD AND ACCESSIBLE ONLY BY AIR. I LOVED THE ORCHIDS THAT I FOUND THERE AND TOOK PHOTOGRAPS OF SEVERAL TO IDENTIFY WHEN I RETURNED TO SWAN SONG. THESE ARE THE RESULTS OF MY PHOTOS -

Laeila perrinii - Brazil3 - small

LAELIA PERRINII

THIS LITTLE BEAUTY IS AN INTERMEDIATE-GROWING, EPIPHYTIC ORCHID THAT GROWS TO ABOUT EIGHT TO TEN INCHES LONG. I FOUND THIS ONE OUTSIDE OF OUR CAMP IN THE WOODS - THERE WAS AN ENTIRE NEST OF THEM AND THEIR PINK/FUSHIA LEAVES WITH YELLOW BULBS WERE GORGEOUS IN THE HAZZY SUNLIGHT. BECAUSE OF THE DIMNESS I SURROUNDED THESE WITH STARS, MOONS AND RAINBOWS - PERFECT FLOWERS FOR FANTASY.

Laeila perrini - photo
Epidendrum cochleatum - small

EPIDENDRUM COCHEATEATUM

THIS BEAUTY IS CALLED DLAM SHELL OR COCKLE SHELL ORCHID BY THE NATIVES. IT BLOOMS ALL YEAR, WHICH IS WONDERFUL AND I HAVE TRIED MY BEST TO FIND ONE SINCE I HAVE BEEN IN HAWAII WITH NO LUCK.

THE LONG LASTING FLOWERS GROW AS LONG AS THREE AND A HALF INCHES AND TWIST 360 DEGREES INSTEAD OF THE USUAL 180. THEY ARE VERY INTERESTING AND ALSO GREW IN LARGE CLUMPS BUT NEARER TO THE NUMEROUS WATERFALLS RATHER THAN IN THE DENSE FOREST.

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Disa Kewensis - small

DISA KEWENSIS -

THIS ORCHID IS A CROSS BETWEEN A DISA UNIFLORA AND A DISA TRIPETALOIDES, BOTH OF WHICH GROW AMONG MOSSY ROCKS AND ALONG STREAM BANKS AND WATERFALLS IN SOUTH AFRICA AS WELL A SOUTH AMERICA. THEY BLOOM FROM WINTER TO SPRING AND SPROUT UP TO 20 FLOWERS - ONE AND A HALF INCHES ACROSS WITH SPOTTED HOODS - THEY USUALLY HAVE CLUSTERS AT THE TOP OF THE STEM.

I REALLY WENT WILD ON THIS ONE PUTTING HEARTS IN AT THE BOTTOM BECAUSE I LOVED THEM SO. THEN BECAUSE OF THEIR ASSOCIATION WITH WATER I PLACED SWAN SONG AT THE TOP RIGHT UNDER CRESCENT MOONS. I STUDIED A LOT ABOUT AMAZON ORCHIDS WHEN I RETURNED TO VENEZUELA SO I INCLUDED MY BOOKS IN THE MIDDLE LEFT. THE STARS ON THE TOP LEFT REPRESENT THE IDEAS THAT THESE ORCHIDS GAVE TO ME FOR PAINTINGS. THIS WAS MY FIRST EFFORT AND I REALLY ENJOYED IT.

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Lycaste aromatica -small

LYCASTE AROMATICA

KNOWN AS THE SPICE ORCHID THIS LOVELY FLOWER IS AS LOVELY TO SMELL AS IT IS TO SEE. IT HAS PSEUDOBULBS THAT ARE THREE AND A HALF INCHES TALL WITH DECIDUOUS LEAVES UP TO TWELVE INCHES LONG AND FOUR INCHES WIDE. THE FLOWER, WHICH IS ABOUT 3 INCHES ACROSS IS WAXY AND DEEP YELLOW WITH ORANGE DOTS ON THE INNER SURFACE OF THE LIP. THIS ORCHID IS VERY IMPORTA NT TO THE PEMON INDIANS WHO USE IT FOR FRAGRENCE AND COOKING AS THE SCENT IS OF LEMON OR CINNAMON

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