Latest Epidendroideae Stories

2007-07-12 08:31:24

NAPLES, Fla. -- A rare ghost orchid has been found growing high in an old cypress tree in a southwest Florida nature preserve. The endangered flower made famous in the nonfiction book "The Orchid Thief" and the fictional movie spinoff "Adaptation" is about 45 feet off the ground in a tree at Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary in Naples. Two visitors looking for owls on Saturday spotted it about 150 feet from the sanctuary's boardwalk. It can be seen only with binoculars and good lighting. The orchid,...

2006-11-20 03:00:24

By Susan Anasagasti, The Miami Herald Nov. 19--On Tuesday, Miami Beach voters finally will select the city's newest commissioner in a runoff between Michael Gongora, an attorney specializing in community association law, and Deede Weithorn, a longtime Beach activist and certified public accountant. Gongora and Weithorn were the top two contenders in the Nov. 7 race to fill the open commission seat vacated by former Commissioner Luis Garcia, who stepped down earlier this year to run for...

Latest Epidendroideae Reference Libraries

2009-04-17 14:02:14

Zygopetalum is a genus of plant found in the orchid family Orchidaceae. It is part of the subfamily Epidendroideae. This genus consists of 14 species. Its generic name, derived form the Greek word "zygon", means "yoked petal". This name refers to the yoke-like growth at the base of the lip caused by fusion of the petals and sepals (a separate, green part that surrounds and protects the flower bud). This genus occurs in humid forests at mid-elevation and lower regions of South America. Most...

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