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  Photographs - Plants

poppies
These wild poppies were growing on a hillside overlooking the Strait of Juan de Fuca in Lime Kiln State Park in the San Juan Islands.

Aerangis luteo-alba

Bulbophyllum makoyanum
This amazing specimen-size plant has produced upwards of 25 flower spikes at once for us and been in flower for 3 months at a time.

Cattleytonia Why Not

unidentified Cymbidium
This large plant was passed off between at least two previous owners before it was given to us. Each complained that it never flowered. About a year into its living with us, we moved and the plant spent an entire summer out in partial sun and rain into October. To our amazement, the following New Year's it flowered spectacularly. Repeating the trick of outdoor benevolent neglect has also worked for us this year as well.

unidentified Cymbidium

Leaves in close-up

a small fern
from an old wall somewhere in Scotland

Cynodes Wine Delight
This plant is one of those that will fill a house with the most fabulous, sweet spring-time smell when it blooms, which is usually in November.

Denbrobium unicum
Denbrobium unicum is interesting in that it is a small desiduous epiphytic orchid. This is an adaptation to prevent water loss during the dry season in its native range in northern Thailand, Laos, and Vietnam. However, keeping this in your home, it's obviously difficult to decide each year if it's dead or just dormant. We got our specimen from Hoosier Orchids in Indianapolis, and it went through its yearly cycle successfully for 3 years. But this summer it was particularly dry and this seems to have been a bit too much for this plant.

Dracuvallia Friar Tuck

Encyclia cochleata alba
This plant has now been almost continuously in flower for 8 months. Each inflourescence has had about 3-4 flowers at a time, lasting for 1-2 months, but as soon as I think its fading, the plant puts up a new flower stalk.

Paphiopedilum delenatii

Paphiopedilum primulinum

succulent
This plant was shot at the New York Botanical Gardens.

Paphiopedilum Maudiae X Chiara
This secondary hybrid Paph is one of the first plants we got. This beautiful image was taken by Serena's father, photographer Bill Graham.

Cymbidum Rum Delight

Amorphophallus titan
This plant is the pride of the U-Conn greenhouse. The corpse flower is native to southeast Asia where it is pollinated by flies attracted to its scent of rotting flesh. Very few specimens of Amorphophallus titan have been kept in cultivation, and fewer have been flowered (only 4 in the US in 2007 - and 2 were at U-Conn).

detail of the Amorphophallus titan inflourescence
This is a close-up of the developing flower. The flower only lasts a few hours, during which it puts out its rank odor. We happened by during this time, after checking in with its daily in May. The flower actually aids the sprend of the scent by heating to over 100F by uncoupling the eletron tranport of cellular respiration within the flower stalk.

Amorphophallus prainii
The corpse flower is related to a number of other plants, such as this southeast Asian relative, as well as the ornamental voodoo lilly. These plants grows from a tuber, producing one leaf per year, and dying back entirely above ground during a dormant period.

Oncidium Twinkle
This is a wonderfully smelling Oncidium we got last year at the New Hampshire Orchid Show. Serena's mom, Deb, bought a sibling of this plant and both flowered this year within a week of each other. At the same show we also each bought cuttings of the famous moth mimicking Psychopsis (syn. Oncidium mendelhall), but unfortunately, while Deb's is now in bloom, ours has only put out new leaves...

Paphiopedilum Shireen

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