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Searching the Swamp–Conserving Native Orchids

Most Midwestern students come to Florida at Christmas or Spring Break when the weather is pleasant or, if they come in the summer, they go to the beaches to enjoy cool breezes and the water. Interns with the Orchid Recovery Program (ORP) from Illinois College in Jacksonville, IL, brave the heat, humidity, bugs, reptiles and other beasts in the “orchid capital of North America” located in the wilds of Southwest Florida. They come to do valuable research on the native orchids in the Florida Panther National Wildlife Refuge and the Fakahatchee Strand State Park.

They work under the guidance of … Read more

An Orchid Vignette—Burana Beauty and Thi-Ti

The year 1996 was a good one for Mr. Phongthom Buranaraktham of Thailand because he registered two really great little orchids. Potinara Burana Beauty and Potinara Thi-Ti. (Actually he registered 11 orchids that year, but the others were mostly Dendrobiums.) I think everybody knows Potinara Burana Beauty, and because it is such a beauty and a reliable bloomer, In fact, probably almost everyone has it in their collection.

Potinara Burana Beauty 'Burana' by Dick Pippen

            Potinara (Pot.) Burana Beauty is a cross between (Pot. Netrasiri Starbright and C. Netrasiri Beauty). It has garnered two AOS awards and three international awards. The cultivar ‘Burana’ earned a HCC in … Read more

 

Upcoming Events

  • May 1, 2014
    Monthly Meeting

    Guest Speaker David Junka of Junka Bear Orchids will present a program called “Divide & Conquer”.
    6:30 PM - Flower Registration
    7:00 PM - Flower Judging
    7:30 PM - Meeting
    7:45 PM - Program


    6:00 pm,

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