Orchids of Lolldaiga Hills Ranch
By Carly Butynski, Tom Butynski, and Yvonne de Jong,
Lolldaiga Hills Research Programme
The plant family Orchidaceae is geographically extensive, with representatives found in every country excepting a number of islands and Antarctica. Because of their vast ecological range and brilliantly diverse flowers, orchids are of special interest to botanists, plant collectors, and conservationists alike. To date, four species of epiphytic orchid have been located on Lolldaiga Hills Ranch; Angraecum erectum, Rangaeris amaniensis, Ypsilopus longifolius, and Aerangis confusa. No species of terrestrial orchids have yet been found on Lolldaiga Hills Ranch.
We thank Dr. Benny Bytebier for the identification of the four species of orchid for which we have flowers.
Below are photographs of the four species of orchid that have been identified for Lolldaiga Hills Ranch.
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