Myrmecophelia or Schombergkia ????


I have posted a number of my orchids as they were blooming over the years. The first orchid I was ever given was identified to me by a friend, who later gifted me several other orchids.

He identified this first orchid as a Schombergkia. As a result, over the years, as I received other orchids and upon observing their blooms have identified them as Schombergkias as well.

Last year, after a visit with Joann Andrews, a local orchid expert, she informed me that many Schombergkias (Schom) had been reclassified as Myrmecophelias (Myrme); OKAY yeah, whatever… I’m not that big a stickler for details. (Myrmecophila with means ‘Friends of Ants’. In the wild there is a species of ants that nests in the hollow pseudobulb of this orchid. The ants eat all the insects that would attack the plant and the plant provides them a home in return.)

So today, Jim, of Naturalist Newsletter, posted info and photos of an orchid he encountered down in the Mahahual area. I emailed him and we started a discussion on Schom vs Myrme. OKAY, OKAY, I need to step up and realize that probably most of my Schoms are really Myrmes. I need to check the pseudobulbs, and if the are hollow then they are indeed Myrmecophelia.

Gads! There’s always something needs to be done!

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About Debi in Merida

I moved from Colorado Springs, Colorado USA to Merida, Yucatan, MX in January 2006. I love to read, garden, travel, and hang out with friends.
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3 Responses to Myrmecophelia or Schombergkia ????

  1. Joanna says:

    I wonder if my Schoms are really Myrmes? I have a flor de Mayo with the same orchid as yours growing on the trunk and this year I had 22 bars with flowers – a bumper crop indeed! Also the multi hued species I call “Costo” orchids bloomed like crazy – some are still blooming!I don't know any of the names… I just know they are beautiful.

  2. Steve Cotton says:

    I am amazed when anyone coaxes orchids to bloom. I am not one of the group.

  3. Jonna says:

    Those are large blooms for this type of orchid, you've done a good job growing it!

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