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In situ Madagascar

Discussion in 'Orchid Species' started by W. Malewa, Sep 23, 2023.

  1. W. Malewa

    W. Malewa Active Member

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    The forests around Ranomafana, both primary and secondary, are kind of dense, but rather soft, clothes and skin stayed mostly intact, only one encounter with an otherwise cute looking tree fern. As a note of caution, one is expected in the Madagascar parks to gaze at lemurs for longer periods of time, this is competing with the quality time with the orchids. On the brighter side, I was informed lemurs don't forage for orchids a lot, sometimes just the odd Jumellea leaf.
     

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    Amazing! Do you have any names for them?
     
  3. Marni

    Marni Well-Known Member Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Thank you for the in situ images of Cynorkis. I think it may be Cyn. lowiana.
     
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  4. W. Malewa

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    I am now back home again, and got some names:
    l1) Angraecum arachnites ?
    l2) Oberonia disticha
    l3) ? It was also difficult to get close to it, higher up a tree and above a stream.
    l4) Cynorkis lowiana as already mentioned by Marni. Plenty of them directly on the steep and rather moist side of the carved out road towards the entrance of Ranomafana National Park.
    l5) various
    l6) Bulbophyllum x
    r1) Cynorkis nutans
    r2) Bulbophyllum y
    r3) Bulbophullum z
    r4) see 4)
    r5) Oeonia rosea
     

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    My second and for the time being last Madagascar installment. From Ranomafana we travelled to Andasibe and on the way came across this rather yellow looking Bulbophyllum, but just disguising, the yellow pseudobulbs were light green inside and despite in near full sunshine and the pseudobulbs warm inside, the plants looked just fine.
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    In the forest around Andasibe also a Microcoelia gipinae Microcoelia gipinae.jpg
    Four years ago we were also in Madagascar and not far from Andasibe Parc des Orchidées had just started with orchid species grafted on trees around a small lake. Unfortunately the park is now not looked after, I guess also because of the lack of tourist during Covid. Many name tags had already broken in pieces but finally a Bulbophyllum with a full name:
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    Then from Andasibe to Toamasina (Tamatave), in places this port town is well laid out with avenues and the predominate orchid in the trees is Oeoniella polystachys, its common name is The Richly-Blooming Oeoniella, which is not an exaggeration.
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    Oeoniella polystachys far with wind..jpg
    You have to take my word for it, it is still Oeoniella polystachys,
     
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    That is so special, to see Microcoelia gilpinae growing in-situ . That makes me love my "back yard" one even more.
     
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    Great images! Thank you very much.
     
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    KellyW Orchid wonk Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Great post. Thank you.
     
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    it looks so strange. This is the first time I see it.