|Cyrtochilum serratum in the Tropical High Elevation House|
All of the Cyrtochilum species are native to the misty upland forests of the Andes where their extraordinarily long rhizomes scramble up trees and shrubs. But it's the flower spike, or inflorescence, that will make you stop for a second look. It's a graceful twining strand that winds its way up, around and among surrounding trees like rainforest tinsel, with as many as 100 flowers per strand. Cyrtochilum serratum is native to Ecuador and Colombia. If you guessed that Cyrtochilum is closely related to Oncidium, the Dancing Lady Orchid, you are correct.
We have quite a nice collection of melastomes at ABG, and if you like M. magnifica you will love our recently installed Medinilla miniata, similar in size and aspect, but with fiery red flowers. Melastomes come in all sizes, but they are easy to recognize. The leaves are opposite with veins that lie parallel to one another. The flowers have a peculiar feature: the stamens are elbow-shaped.
|Pleurothallis cyanea on a tree in the High Elevation House|
Lots of orchids in flower this week! Please stop by for a visit.