Monday, March 25, 2013

Pretty picture: Bulbophyllum echinolabium

Best Bulbophyllum so far. Not that there's a lot of competition. (There's competition insofar as some really pretty Bulbophyllums exist in the world; there's not much competition in that this is only the second one I've posted to PATSP. You're going to have to wait until August to see a third. And spoiler alert: it's not as pretty as this.)


Anonymous said...

The word 'pretty' seems insufficient here. For a lot of orchids, in fact.

Texas Anon

Tom said...

Seems very...exhibitionist, no?

Nelson said...

A very lovely Bulbophyllum echinolabium. Still searching for the best word too describe this flower.

Anonymous said...

Wednesday, March 27, 2013
They Grow Up So Fast, Part 5

Another one of these, motivated mostly by the fact that I just took a round of new pictures a week and a half ago and clearly had to do something with them.

Unidentified fern

DUDE! - this is a Laua'e fern (Hawaiian Wart fern) scientific name in dispute, seen it called Phymatosorus grossus or scolopendria

mr_subjunctive said...


The fronds don't have a scent that I can detect, which seems fairly damning as an ID. Also the rhizomes are thicker than the (very few) pictures of Phymatosorus I could find, and covered in thick, light white/yellow "hair." (The pictures of Phymatosorus show red-brown.) Though that's not definitive, since it's unclear how long the specimens in the photos I found had been dead, whether they were correctly identified, whether they were maybe just dirty, etc.

Not that I'm thrilled with any of the other IDs I've seen either; Polypodium aureum fits the rhizomes, but not so much the fronds. The fronds aren't glossy enough to be Polypodium diversifolium (also the rhizomes are too thin and too bald).

Why do you think Phymatosorus grossus and not Polypodium aureum? Is the scent on Phymatosorus weak or variable enough that I'd be likely to miss it?