catch-up time, and seasonality for orchids

It has been a long time since I posted anything; some back and knee problems have slowed me down lately. Since beginning iNat in March 2018, I seem to have focused on orchids, and injuries of late have taught me an important lesson: I have to be in great shape to do a lot of the orchid discovery. Up and down mountainsides, daring to climb a tree, and the distances I covered the past 8 months have been rigorous. Moving a lot less, especially the past week, has kept me looking closer to home and shooting mostly spiders and birds from the garden plus uploading a lot of old pics. How about seasonality for orchids? I need to do the research; but what I see in NW Ecuador is a near stand-still with orchid flowering since...August or so? December is nearing now, and Mindo has gotten a lot of rain the past few weeks. Which gives me hope of seeing a re-awakening of these marvels in flower. Hopefully I will be up to the challenge within a week or two.

Posted by rudygelis rudygelis, November 24, 2018 00:54

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Hi Rudy, Hope you are feeling better. We see very strong seasonality in some Dracula orchids (D. felix starts in Dec and is done by the end of March, whereas D. lafleurii eeks out blooms all year, but with a peak January-February). The peak for most of the orchids at los Cedros is January-February. Creatures of the rainy season. -Bitty

Posted by bit 6 months ago (Flag)

Hi Bitty. Over the past couple of years we have collected cool seasonality data for more abundant orchids in Mindo. Of course, with more intensive, focused effort this will change things but for now it is interesting to see:

Pleurothallis dibolia (N=109): https://www.inaturalist.org/taxa/709705-Pleurothallis-dibolia
Lepanthes pecunialis (N=71): https://www.inaturalist.org/taxa/703477-Lepanthes-pecunialis
Cyrtochilum meirax (N=69): https://www.inaturalist.org/taxa/703477-Lepanthes-pecunialis
Telipogon astroglossus (N=63): https://www.inaturalist.org/taxa/735038-Telipogon-astroglossus

Posted by rudygelis 6 months ago (Flag)

We worked on the insects when the orchids bloomed. I haven't posted all my photos, but could someday. Good to see you continuing to contribute...

Posted by bit 6 months ago (Flag)

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