Friday, October 09, 2009

Oerstedella schweinfurthiana

Oerstedella schweinfurthiana, San Diego Botanical Gardens (International Orchid Show), Encinitas, California. These are native to Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador at around 5,000-7,000 ft. I've seen these plants grow to about 8 ft. tall with bountiful keikis. They like a loose mix and lots of sun/water.

For the curious: The genus Oerstedella was named after Herr Anders Sandøe Ørsted, the Danish collector of the genus type and the specific name, schweinfurthiana, was named after Charles Schweinfurth, American botanist who conducted research in the Andes in the early 1900s.


MartininBroda said...

Strange name since Schweinfurt is a city in Bavaria (Germany) - - the name sounds strange in German too “Swine ford”.

The Wayward Hawaiian said...

Perhaps Charles Schweinfurth, after whom it was named, had ancestors in Schweinfurt!