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Excerpts from
VOLUME 74, NO. 1—January, February, March 2010

The King, the Travelers, and the Endless Orchids
Carol Siegel
Ron Parsons, Photographer
18 pages, 43 photos

He was just five feet four inches tall, but he was the giant of the orchid world for more than half a century. They called him the Orchid King, the undisputed ruler at a time when orchids were royalty. A letter from South America addressed simply to “Sander, Orchid King, England” found its way to him with no other information. He was the most famous orchid man in the world, a towering and commanding figure, known and respected for his monumental contribution to horticulture. He symbolized the unparalleled position that orchids held in the Victorian world. This is the story of Sander’s obsession and of the millions and millions of orchids that he gave to the world...

Early photo of Frederick Sander in his twenties – the earliest known portrait


New Directions in Breeding of Cattleya Walkeriana
Harry Y. Akagi
9 pages, 18 photos

At the show, I noticed a very striking and unusual  flower, a large 12 cm clear white, with a wide dark pink lip and a very unusual 1 cm wide pink band along the entire mid-rib of the petals. Upon inquiring, I discovered that the plant was a division that I had previously brought from H&R. The owner of the division had bloomed it in very cold temperatures and in lesser light. In contrast, our plant in Hawaii had always bloomed with a blush. Undoubtedly, light intensity and temperatures have a major effect on color, size and quality of flowers...

Orchid Digest 74-1 Akagi


C. walkeriana
‘H&R Supreme’ x ‘Perfect Blush’


A New Species of Lepanthes Sw. from Venezuela
Carlyle A. Luer & Lisa Thoerle
4 pages, 4 photos/illustrations

Orchid Digest 74-1 Lepanthes gin-ganii

Comparatively little work had been done previously on the genus Lepanthes of Venezuela. The identifications
of these little-known species had been made mostly from illustrations. Many specific names were available, and these were applied to the illustrations and plants that seemed most similar.

When accurate illustrations of species from other countries were made, discrepancies in the identifications became apparent. There were eight species that were incorrectly identified. Seven of these were corrected in Phytologia (1986) and the changes are included in the second edition of the Field Guide, 2000. The eighth species remained a problem; it had been identified under several different names. In volume one of Venezuelan Orchids Illustrated, it was identified as Lepanthes wageneri Rchb.f. and as L. samacensis Ames in volume four...

The relatively large petals are characteristic of L. gin-ganii.


Two New Species of Mormolyca
from Costa Rica and Panama

Diego Bogarín & Franco Pupulin
6 pages, 17 photos/illustrations

Two new species of Mormolyca from Costa Rica and Panama are described and illustrated. Mormolyca fumea is compared with M. moralesii, from which it differs mainly by the larger sheaths and petioles, the yellowish-green sepals and petals, the ovate lip, yellow at apex and with a purple callus. Mormolyca culebrica is similar to M. dressleriana, from which it can be distinguished by the white flowers, the lip stained with purple, with an ovate midlobe narrowing towards the truncate apex, and the shorter callus. These two new species belong to the formerly known Maxillaria rufescens complex, today merged into a broadly defined Mormolyca. A key to the species of the genus is provided for Mesoamerica and Greater Antilles...

Orchid Digest 74-1 Mormolyca ringens


Mormolyca traditionally included six species ranging from Mexico to northern South America, having inflorescences as long as leaves and flat, open flowers like those of Mormolyca ringens.
This specimen was photographed at Gaia Botanical Garden in Costa Rica.