Nicaraguan Orchids

Within Nicaragua there are about 800 species of orchids. Some are very small and have diminutive flowers. About 100 species have striking flowers, and about 10 species have fragrant flowers, one of which has a fragrance hat is a mixture of vanilla and hot chocolate. Several types of orchids are commercially produced. They are Asian species and hybrids of the Phalenopsis, Vanda, and Cymbidium species. Some have flowers that are long lasting. No Nicaraguan species apparently are presently commercially sold. Nicaragua´s orchids are found throughout the country, in all ecosystems. Sources of information on orchids can be found in Robert Dressler´s, Field Guide to the Orchids of Costa Rica and Panama, Comstock/Cornell, 1993; Robert Dressler, Phylogeny and Classification of the Orchid Family, Dioscordides Press, 1993; and Nicaragua specific, Icones Plantarum Tropicarum, a series of fascicles produced by the Marie Selby Gardens, Sarasota, Florida.



Clowesia

From Wikipedia Clowesia is a genus of the Orchidaceae family. Species of this genus are epiphytic and contain many pseudobulbs with several internodes. The leaves of this plant are arranged alternatively in two vertical rows on opposite sides of the rachis. The Clowesia has…

Lepanthes

From Wikipedia Lepanthes (from Greek “scaled-flower”) is a large genus of orchids with about 800–1000 species, distributed in the Antilles and from Mexico through Bolivia (with very few species in Brazil).[1] The genus is abbreviated in horticultural trade as Lths. Almost all the species…

Restrepia

From Wikipedia Restrepia, abbreviated Rstp in horticultural trade, is a small genus of 49 orchids in the orchid family (Orchidaceae), closely related to Pleurothallis. Named in honor of Don Jose Restrepo, it tends to be more showy than most other Pleurothallids. They are found…

Arpophyllum

From Wikipedia Arpophyllum is a genus of flowering plants from the orchid family, Orchidaceae.[1] It contains 3 species, native to Mexico, Central America, Colombia, Venezuela and Jamaica.[2] Arpophyllum Gallery

Masdevalia

From Wikipedia Masdevallia, abbreviated Masd in horticultural trade, is a large genus of flowering plants of the Pleurothallidinae, a subtribe of the orchid family (Orchidaceae). There are over 500 species, grouped into several subgenera. The genus is named for Jose Masdeval, a physician and…

Epidendrum

From Wikipedia Epidendrum /ˌɛpɨˈdɛndrəm/,[1] abbreviated Epi in the horticultural trade,[2] is a large neotropical genus of the orchid family. With more than 1,100 species, some authors describe it as a mega-genus. The genus name (from Greek ɛpɨ, epi and δένδρον, dendron, “upon trees”) refers…

Rycholaelia

From Wikipedia Rhyncholaelia, abbreviated Rl. in the horticultural trade,[1] is a genus of orchids (family Orchidaceae), comprising 2 species. They are distributed in Mexico, Guatemala, Belize, and Honduras. Both species were originally published in Brassavola by Lindley. In 1918, Schlechter erected the new genus…

Lycaste

From Wikipedia Lycaste, abbreviated as Lyc in horticultural trade, is a genus of orchids that contains about 30 species with egg-shaped pseudobulbs and thin, plicate (pleated) leaves. Lycaste Gallery

Maxillaria

From Wikipedia Maxillaria, abbreviated as Max in horticultural trade, is a large genus of orchids (family Orchidaceae). This is a diverse genus, with very different morphological forms. Their characteristics can vary widely. They are commonly called Spider Orchid, Flame Orchid or Tiger Orchid. Their…

Chysis

From Wikipedia Chysis is a genus of orchids (family Orchidaceae), consisting of 10 currently accepted species (as of May 2014) which originate in the region from Mexico to Peru.[2] Only two or three of these are commonly found in cultivation. The genus is abbreviated…