A Quest of Beauty and Mystery around Amazonian Orchids -many hours of rescuing and collecting deep in the Jungle.
The In-Situ Wild Amazon Orchid Garden in the Yasuni Biosphere Reserve in Ecuador, started with a single question, Where are the Orchids around here?
A simple question lead to a frenetic quest to find them, we all know, most of the Amazonian Orchids live up 40 or 50 meters above the ground, most of they live in the evergreen canopy, most of them have adapt to live under different conditions most plant in the ground face.
How we create the largest living collection of Orchids Amazon of the Amazon Rainforest?
During our walks in the forest on our Nature trips, we start searching for orchids plants along the paths, during these process, we trained our eyes to recognize orchids.
We learnt the areas in the forest where we could find them, after heavy rainstorms thousands o branches come down and many of them bring rarities.
Orchid terminology below:
Bloom – the actual flowers once they are open.
Bud – the flower before it is opened.
Column – the tiny, rounded, column-like extension between the two largest petals. This little guy is the central reproductive organ of the orchid flower.
Inflorescence – the flowering part of a plant.
Keiki – a small plant growing from a node on the flower stem.
Leaves – located above the roots.
Lip – the part of the flower that is almost completely divided from the rest of the flower, however, it is connected by the column. The lip is specialized to aid in pollination.
Medium – the material added to an orchid’s container, which can range from varieties such as soil to bark.
Node – a distinct joint or notch on the inflorescence from which a secondary flower stem can emerge from after the primary inflorescence has finished blooming.
Roots – located just below the leaves.
Sepal – the outer segments on an orchid flower. Similar to petals, sepals are the three smaller segments of the flower that create a triangular shape.
Spike/Stem – a flower stalk.
Stake – a wooden stick to support the orchid spike.
Throat – the inner portion of a tubular orchid lip, often quite colorful.