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Orchid and Flower Photography and Talks by Ron Parsons


These incredible New World orchids, of which there are more than four thousand species, form a natural and cohesive group. The plants lack pseudobulbs, instead having an unusual feature called a ramicaul which is basically a rhizome with an above-ground portion to which the leaves are attached. The group is extremely difficult taxonomically, often evoking emotional responses amongst botanists as to who is correct! Before the current turmoil there were over 30 genera, which by now may have doubled. The plants are found from southern Florida, the Caribbean region and Mexico through Central America and as far south as Bolivia and northern Argentina. Some of the more popular genera include Masdevallia, Dracula, Restrepia, Porroglossum, Lepanthes and Pleurothallis. This show features plants from many genera, focusing on the more unusual and showy species.

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Dresslerella sp. (Ecuador)

Porroglossum mordax

Scaphosepalum fimbriatum

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