ORCHID RELATED NEWS
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NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – An international team led by investigators in China, Taiwan, and Belgium has sequenced the genome of the orchid Phalaenopsis equestris — a favored parental plant in orchid breeding and the first sequenced representative of plants that perform photosynthesis using crassulacean acid metabolism.
This plant, perhaps more than any other, was responsible for the orchid craze that followed.
This post will help you recognize when you are looking at an orchid species name that is named for a person or persons. And, if you are so lucky as to get to name a newly described orchid species, it will help you do it correctly if your taxonomist has stopped returning your emails. It should also help you recognize when the author of a document is attempting feats of pedantry beyond his skill level.
I am the tallest freestanding orchid and come from the perpetually cool high forests of Peru. I am reported to grow up to 44 feet or 13.5 meters high in optimum conditions. More typically I grow to 16.5 ft. high in open, sunny areas and 23 - 26 ft. in areas under a low tree canopy. My species name derives from the Latin and refers to my long stems.
Before trying anything "new", please take the time to ask others their opinion or experience in trying something "new". This could spare you in trying something that others tried, and failed. In the meantime, any orchid you might experiment with will also thank you.
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