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VOLUME 74, NO. 2—April, May, June 2010

A Note on the Genus Dresslerella
Hugo Medina and Franco Pupulin
8 pages, 20 photos

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With 13 species described to date, the genus Dresslerella has a wide geographic distribution, ranging from Guatemala to Bolivia, as well as a broad spectrum of ecological adaptations, with populations being found from elevations of 990 - 6600 ft (300 -2000 m). The greatest species diversity is found in Panama, with seven recorded taxa, followed by Ecuador, where six species have been recorded so far. The genus belongs to the subtribe Pleurothallidinae (subfamily Epidendroideae: tribe Epidendreae), the largest and most diverse orchid group on Earth...

Plants of D. pilosissima may grow as true epiphytes or as humus epiphytes on road embankments, sometimes in very exposed situations.


Penducella, A New Name to Replace Brachycladium
Carlyle A. Luer & Lisa Thoerle
6 pages, 6 photos

When Reichenbach described Lepanthes nummularia in 1856, he proposed section Brachycladae of Lepanthes Sw. for this first known "short-stemmed" species of the genus, as opposed to the usual "long-stemmed" species of section Macrocladae, in which he included all other known Lepanthes. In 1986, Luer (1986a) elevated section Brachycladae to Lepanthes subgenus Brachycladium. Luer (1994) collected 24 similar species characterized by a long-pendent habit with short ramicauls and proliferating rhizomes, all clad in lepanthiform sheaths, in subgenus Brachycladium. When Luer (2005) elevated the subgenus to generic status, it was comprised of 35 species. Recently, Higgins & Archila proposed the name Oreophilus (Archila & Higgins 2008) to supplant the name Brachycladium, because of the prior use of Brachycladium for a fungus...

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Penducella nummularia (Rchb. f.) Luer. As currently conceived this species is very variable and most likely conceals a number of undescribed species. This specimen is from southern Colombia.


The Native Orchids of Nevada
Carol Siegel
11 pages, 19 photos

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It’s not easy to be an orchid in Nevada, yet our resilient and resourceful native orchids have learned to make a living in any little microclimate that boasts a little water and a little shade. Professor Wes Niles, curator of the Herbarium at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV), relates that under a dripping fountain outside the Chemistry Building clumps of Epipactis gigantea started to grow, the seeds carried on the wind. In the drainage of a university swimming pool, additional stands grew and flowered, just a couple of miles from the Las Vegas Strip...

Epipactis gigantea


Little Slippers: Miniature and Compact-Growing Phragmipediums
William Goldner
7 pages, 26 photos

Over the years growing orchids has become more accessible for hobbyists through the development of new varieties with characteristics that make growing orchids in a home environment not only easier, but more economical. Down-sizing plant growth habit is an area of orchid genetic improvement that has impacted a number of genera resulting in the ability of growers to make more efficient use of their available space to grow more orchids. Nowhere is downsizing more evident than within the Cattleya and Cymbidium Alliances....

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Phrag. Hanne Popow
x schlimii)


Katherine Norton
6 pages, 20 photos

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Red is probably our favorite color for flowers of any kind, but especially phalaenopsis. This is the reason we have worked long and hard trying to create a truly ‘Fire Engine Red’ phal. No hint of purple is allowed which makes this quest much more difficult....

Phal. Orchidview Tabasco ‘Habenero’



Postcard From Panama
Charles G. Wilson
4 pages, 13 photos

Panama is blessed with many wildlife reserves that owe their creation and continued existence to the operation of the Panama Canal. The watershed provided by the extensive forests surrounding the rivers that flow into the canal for literally its entire length are essential in providing the more than 52 million gallons of water used for each of the over 14,000 ships annually transiting the canal. Many of these forested reserves have remained essentially untouched since the canal watershed was completed in 1914....

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Epidendrum criniferum appears to thrive in the cooler heights of Elle Valle de Anton.