Thursday, August 19, 2010

The Giant Pleurothallis!

Pleurothallis titan (orange variety), "the Giant Pleurothallis"; blooming in the greenhouse now and for the very first time. This plant is a measly two feet tall but still a beauty. Apparently, the species can grow to perhaps twice that height and originates in the mountains of Panama and Columbia at around 3,000 to 4,500 feet. Also, the normal coloration for these flowers is a bright yellow. Is it a different species? The shape is pretty close, as far as I can tell; however, you never know...

In this picture, I carefully cropped out my hand (holding the leaf up for the camera), not wanting to enter the hand modeling career just yet. ;-P

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