Friday, May 26, 2017

A Profusion of Orchids

One of the highlights of our visit to the Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden was the orchid collection. I don't believe I have ever seen so many varieties of orchids in one place at one time. The Orchidaceae are one of the two largest families of flowering plants with about 28,000 species in about 763 genera. I don't usually add an illustration other than one of my own photos, but this one is very impressive and it gives a flavor of the types of orchids we saw.

A lithographic color plate from Ernst Haeckel's Kunstformen der Natur of 1899 showing an artist's depiction of different varieties of orchids: Odontoglossum naevium = Odontoglossum naevium Lindl. Oncidium kramerianum = Psychopsis krameriana (Rchb.f.) H.G.Jones Odontoglossum ramosissimum = Cyrtochilum ramosissimum (Lindl.) Dalström Odontoglossum schroederianum = Oncidium schroederianum (O'Brien) Garay & Stacy Cattleya ballantiniana = Cattleya × ballantiniana Rchb.f. (C. trianae Linden & Rchb.f. × C. warscewiczii Rchb.f.) Cattleya mendellii = Cattleya mendelii Dombrain Cypripedium lemoinieri = Phragmipedium × sedenii (Rchb.f.) Rolfe (P. longifolium (Warsz. & Rchb.f.) Rolfe × P. schlimii (Linden ex Rchb.f.) Rolfe) Cattleya rochellensis = Cattleya warscewiczii Rchb.f. Cypripedium leeanum = Paphiopedilum insigne (Wall. ex Lindl.) Pfitzer × P. spicerianum (Rchb.f.) Pfitzer Odontoglossum wattianum = Oncidium × wattianum (Rolfe) J.M.H.Shaw, Orchid Rev. 121 (1304, Suppl.): 77. (2013) Cattleya labiata = Cattleya labiata Epidendrum atropurpureum = Encyclia cordigera (Kunth) Dressler (1964) Cypripedium argus = Paphiopedilum argus (Rchb.f.) Stein Paphinia rugosa = Paphinia rugosa Rchb.f. Zygopetalum xanthinum = Promenaea xanthina(Lindl.) Lindl. Oncidium laxense = Oncidium loxense Lindl. / Cyrtochilum loxense (Lindl.) Kraenzl.

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