Monday, September 27, 2010

An Orchid too!

This orchid has been with me for several years now. I bought it from a vendor selling botanicals fresh from the mountains. I even wonder if this is endemic or indigenous in the country. It is very resistant to long dry seasons and can withstand neglect. The white flowers bloom in the morning but close when the sun sets. So it is a day-orchid. But the flowers look so simple and delicate. Maybe it is very good for breeding.

The leaf morphology looks like a  Phalaenopsis, but when it flowers i lost all that i know. I have long been trying to look for its name but i failed, because maybe i did not consult a taxonomist here yet. Anybody who is familiar with this, i will be very gratefull if you help me identify it. I am calling klaraau01 of http://myorchidsjournal.blogspot.com/ who has a lot of orchids in his garden. Maybe you can help me baptise this one. Thank you very much.




Post Script and Acknowledgment:
This has just been identified as Pteroceras unguiculatum, found in Puerto Galera, Oriental Mindoro, a province next to ours-Batangas. Identification was  kindly done and facilitated by  Klara of http://myorchidsjournal.blogspot.com/. The reference she graciously gave via her comment here is an excellent one, which has not come to my attention till now! It is a very wonderful resource, and i just realized the many orchids which died with my "uncare" actually are endemic and rare, as seen in that reference. Thank you Klara, you are such a wonderful resource too! I am very happy my "little orchid" now has an identity!

11 comments:

  1. Lovely orchid Andrea, but I have to admit my ignorance. Hope thta someone in cyberspace can assist.

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  2. I wish I could help you too but have no idea about orchids. I do think they are all pretty though! I might actually break down this winter and buy one-I'm hoping to just say no though:)

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  3. Really beautiful! I hope you get its ID soon:)

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  4. Oh Andrea I wish I could help you aswell. I can see how it resembles a minature phalenopsis. All I can suggest is that you join an orchid internet forum in your part of the world and post the photo for someone to ID.

    It sure is a beauty and sounds like a winner with its resilience to climatic changes so I presume it must be a native to your particular area.

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  5. Love the orchid! Hope you find someone that can ID it for you. Wonder if it's a rare species?

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  6. Hi Andrea, what a beautiful native orchid this one! I believe, it's Pteroceras unguiculatum, native to Philippines. It's been documented in THE CHIDACEOUS PLANT SPECIES PUERTO GALERA, ORIENTAL MINDORO, PHILIPPINES featuring it on page 28 - the link
    http://www.herpaworld.com/old/orchids_puerto_galera.pdf , just scroll down to page 28 and you will see it.

    Another good source for identifying Philippines native orchids is Purification Orchids - http://purificacionorchids.com and they specializing in native plants, I think they have farm where they working on preserving and documenting native orchids species.

    Philippines have so many beautiful and special native orchids, thank you very much for sharing this beauty!

    Kind Regards
    Klara

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  7. Andrea: This is a very dainty looking orchid! I see klaraau01 already identified it for you. Congratulations to find the id for your native orchid!

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  8. I am also very happy today because it already has an identity, after decades in my care as an unknown!The reference Klara of Australia graciously gave via her comment here is an excellent one, which has not come to my attention till now! It is a very wonderful resource, and i just realized the many orchids which died with my "uncare" actually are endemic and rare, as seen in that reference. Thank you Klara, you are such a wonderful resource too! I am very happy my "little orchid" now has an identity!

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  9. Thank you also to everyone for visiting my blog even if i am not diligent in posting and visiting yours.

    Helen or islandgal246
    Tina of in this island
    kanak7 or Terra Farmer
    Rosie of leavesnbloom
    AaronVFT
    Linda, my idol photographer
    Ami of Southeast Florida Garden

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  10. This is truly a special orchid. Very gorgeous. Sweet too. Only the name is difficult to pronounce. You hve indeed found a precious gem. So exotic!

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