Now I am in Costa Rica finally. Together with Daniel I have been exploring the rainforest around Tapanti already. Soon the people from Sweden that we are going to guide here is arriving. It´s a trip that I have arranged for Pathfinder Travels in Sweden.
During a hike yesterday we found some very interesting Lepanthes sp. One at least, is a new species.
Here are some In Situ pictures:
In a few days I will be in Costa Rica. I have arranged a trip for Pathfinder Travels in Sweden. Together with two guides me and nine customers will explore untouched rainforests. Hopefully we will see many orchids and other plants, animals etc. I will try to update this website every time we have WiFi connection.
Here a short “teaser” film from the latest trip with researchers from the Botanical Garden in Gothenburg/Sweden to Colombia.
When me, Daniel and Eugenio were exploring the cloudforest of Cerro Arbolado we found several new Lepanthes species. Now some have been published and here you can read about this:
Here Lepanthes durikaensis is published.
Lepanthes species Peru. Here is some pictures of a Lepanthes sp that comes from Peru. I don´t know were it grows but will try to get more information about it. The lovely small flowers have beautiful colors. It flowers all the time. Flower size 4mm. More info and pictures soon.
Platystele microtatantha (Schltr.) Garay 1967. Here compared to a ballpoint pen. This orchid species is one of the smallest in the world. It grows in Costa Rica and Panama. I grow this species on a small piece of Redwood bark. It grown next to the fogger. Temperatures in the vivaria Min +10°C to Max 19°C.
Would be interesting to do a serious comparison between Platystele microtatantha, Platystele tica (That I found in Choco, Colombia.) and Platystele jungermannioides that is supposed to be the smallest.
Porroglossum hoeijeri Luer 1985.
I love all Porroglossum species and grove several of them in my vivaria. They all love high mumidity and good air circulation. Also cool temperatures. I grow mine in temperatures of Max +19°C and Min +10°C now in winter time. Slightly warmer in summer. Some dont develop flowers if they don´t grow in mist. Porroglossum hoeijeri is a little bit easier than other Porroglossum sp. This species grow in Ecuador at around 2000 meters.
Lepanthes tibouchinicola Luer & R.Escobar 1983
Found this Lepanthes species in the mountains south of Jardin, Colombia. The plants were growing on Tibouchina sp at an elevation of 2600-2800 meters. This is a very wet area with dense cloud forest and were I found the plants the trees were growing to max 8 meters. I don´t know if this species grow on other host trees species other than Tibouchina sp? The host trees has a very paper like bark.