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Chile 5 - Chilean Orchids


By AndrewR


In my previous blogs, I’ve shown you trees, shrubs, perennials, annuals, bulbs and alpines but in this one, I’m going to restrict myself to orchids. These are not blowsy, exotic, tropical plants but ones growing in temperate (or even chilly) places that we may be able to grow in our gardens.

The first one we saw came on the first day when we were looking for the rosulate violas. It is chloraea alpina – how about this for a picnic spot? (it’s the view we had as we ate our lunch)

All but one of those we saw had either yellow or white flowers, often with markings. This is chloraea galeata

Chloraea virescens

and chloraea magellanica

Chloraea nudilabia, the exception to the white or yellow flowers

Gavileas are similar to the chloraeas, the main difference being their flowers have lobes. This is gavilea venosa

Gavilea lutea

Despite the name, we could not detect much perfume from gavilea odoratissima (which means very scented)

And the tiny gavilea araucana

Finally, this is codonorchis lessonii which grows in shady woodland. Usually these grew with just one or two plants together but occasionally we came across a larger group, lighting up a dark corner

To be continued ….

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Beautiful selection there Andrew did you bring any back for Spritz lol she will love these.

21 Jan, 2011


Like 6d says beautiful section, always love your blogs and photos fine them very interesting.

21 Jan, 2011


Wonderful selection Andrew, Meanie will be on here soon to look at these I'm sure.

21 Jan, 2011


Thanks Andrew . . . did you have a guide again? What a wonderful spot!

21 Jan, 2011


aren't they lovely, worth travelling half way across the world to see these!
i love that first white one but they are all beautiful; i can hardly believe they are just growing wild!
thank you for such an interesting and beautiful blog

21 Jan, 2011


They are mouth watering ,they remind me a bit of Calanthe,their growth and the way they open up the stem

21 Jan, 2011


Sixpence - no, she'll have to go and get her own

Sheila - we had our botanist guide for the entire trip. He was the person who put it together after travelling in the area a couple of years ago so he knew where we should find everything. We also had a local guide whose main job was to act as interpreter

21 Jan, 2011


Lovely photo`s Andrew and you had a great place to relax and have that picnic..Thankyou for sharing.......

21 Jan, 2011


Lovely pics as usual.......

22 Jan, 2011

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