David Haelterman: Flowers of Pleurothallis colossus. Giant among a genus of miniature orchids, now I have been able to see it flowering in the wild. Valle del Cauca department. Colombia. Picture taken with the cell phone.
David Haelterman: Pleurothallis colossus. Giant among a genus of miniature orchids, now I have been able to see it flowering in the wild. Valle del Cauca department. Colombia. Picture taken with the cell phone.
David Haelterman: Common but nevertheless superb, Kefersteinia tolimensis flowering in situ in Valle del Cauca department, Colombia. Distribution : Venezuela, Colombia and Ecuador from 1250 to 2200 m asl. Pictures taken with the cell phone.
David Haelterman: Flower of Kefersteinia tolimensis in situ in Valle del Cauca department, Colombia. Distribution : Venezuela, Colombia and Ecuador from 1250 to 2200 m asl. Pictures taken with the cell phone.
David Haelterman: Kefersteinia tolimensis plant flowering in situ in Valle del Cauca department, Colombia. Distribution : Venezuela, Colombia and Ecuador from 1250 to 2200 m asl. Pictures taken with the cell phone.
David Haelterman: My friend Karen Gil and her teacher eating a pseudobulb of the orchid Cyrtochilum revolutum (ex Odontoglossum lindenii) such as some peasant do in the mountains of Cundinamarca department, Colombia.
David Haelterman: Masdevallia ventricularia, the "small bellied" Masdevallia, flowering in situ on a fallen tree. A species easily grown from temperate warm to cold climate, growing from 1700 to 2500 m asl in Colombia and Ecuador. Valle del Cauca department du, Colombia.
David Haelterman: Masdevallia ventricularia flowering in situ on a fallen tree. A species easily grown from temperate warm to cold climate, growing from 1700 to 2500 m asl in Colombia and Ecuador. Valle del Cauca department du, Colombia.
David Haelterman: I first thought it was a bat but it was the"white witch", the biggest moth of the Americas and one of the biggest in the world with a wingspan of around 30 cm (10 inches) ! Thysania aggripina from the Erebidae family. Valle del Cauca department, Colombia.
David Haelterman: Posing with the"white witch", the biggest moth of the Americas and one of the biggest in the world with a wingspan of around 30 cm (10 inches) ! Thysania aggripina from the Erebidae family. Valle del Cauca department, Colombia.
David Haelterman: The"white witch" with my hand next to it, the biggest moth of the Americas and one of the biggest in the world with a wingspan of around 30 cm (10 inches) ! Thysania aggripina from the Erebidae family. Valle del Cauca department, Colombia.
David Haelterman: Wing of the"white witch" seen from the underside, the biggest moth of the Americas and one of the biggest in the world with a wingspan of around 30 cm (10 inches) ! Thysania aggripina from the Erebidae family. Valle del Cauca department, Colombia.
David Haelterman: The"white witch" with a 15 cmruler beside it, the biggest moth of the Americas and one of the biggest in the world with a wingspan of around 30 cm (10 inches) ! Thysania aggripina from the Erebidae family. Valle del Cauca department, Colombia.
David Haelterman: Farallones de Cali, my inspiring residence and place to study colombian orchids, even more during the pandemia with each time more botanical surprises. Valle del Cauca department, Colombia.
David Haelterman: A special guest tonight ! This big moth Rotschildia lebeau (Saturniidae family ), around 14 cm wide and transparent patches in its wings, in Valle del Cauca department, Colombia. Adults don't feed and live on reserves accumulated during their catterpilar
David Haelterman: Focus on a flower of Cyrtochilum orgyale in situ, my preferred species in this genus. The observation of another Holy Grail accomplished 3 years ago in Santander department in Colombia. Distribution: Colombia and Venezuela from 1800 to 3400 m asl.
David Haelterman: Flowers of Cyrtochilum orgyale in situ, my preferred species in this genus. The observation of another Holy Grail accomplished 3 years ago in Santander department in Colombia. Distribution: Colombia and Venezuela from 1800 to 3400 m asl.
David Haelterman: Inflorescence of Cyrtochilum orgyale in situ, my preferred species in this genus. The observation of another Holy Grail accomplished 3 years ago in Santander department in Colombia. Distribution: Colombia and Venezuela from 1800 to 3400 m asl.
David Haelterman: Cyrtochilum orgyale in situ, my preferred species in this genus. The observation of another Holy Grail accomplished 3 years ago in Santander department in Colombia. Distribution: Colombia and Venezuela from 1800 to 3400 m asl.
David Haelterman: Cyrtochilum orgyale flowering in situ, my preferred species in this genus. The observation of another Holy Grail accomplished 3 years ago in Santander department in Colombia. Distribution: Colombia and Venezuela from 1800 to 3400 m asl.
David Haelterman: Two color varieties of Pleurothallis perijaensis and its lip covered with verrucose protuberances producing a liquid more easily visible in macro photography, probably to attract and maybe reward its pollinator(s). Valle del Cauca department, Colombia.
David Haelterman: Typical hanging plant of Pleurothallis perijaensis in situ surrounded by Stelis and another Pleurothallis species. Valle del Cauca department, Colombia. Distribution: Venezuela, Colombia and Ecuador from 1200 to 2000 m asl.
David Haelterman: Pleurothallis perijaensis and its lip covered with verrucose protuberances producing a liquid more easily visible in macro photography, probably to attract and maybe reward its pollinator(s). Valle del Cauca department, Colombia.
David Haelterman: Lip of Pleurothallis perijaensis covered with verrucose protuberances producing a liquid more easily visible in macro photography, probably to attract and maybe reward its pollinator(s). Valle del Cauca department, Colombia.
David Haelterman: Lepanthes telipogoniflora, miniature orchid (flower around 1 cm) from warm super wet climate, endemic from Colombia. Old picture taken in cultivation at Orquídeas del Valle, Valle del Cauca department, Colombia.
David Haelterman: Inflorescence of Trichocentrum carthagenense in situ. Orchid from the tropical dry forest, one of the "mule eared" orchids as these are nicknamed because of their leaves. Valle del Cauca department, Colombia. Distribution: Colombia, Venezuela and Brazil.
David Haelterman: Trichocentrum carthagenense flowering in situ. Orchid from the tropical dry forest, one of the "mule eared" orchids as these are nicknamed because of their leaves. Valle del Cauca department, Colombia. Distribution: Colombia, Venezuela and Brazil.
David Haelterman: Flower of Trichocentrum carthagenense in situ. Orchid from the tropical dry forest, one of the "mule eared" orchids as these are nicknamed because of their leaves. Valle del Cauca department, Colombia. Distribution: Colombia, Venezuela and Brazil.
David Haelterman: When Cattleya warscewiczii, a colombian endemic, just grows and flowers alone in april in gardens because climate is perfect for its requirements. Valle del Cauca department, Colombia. Pic taken with the cell phone but not at home.
David Haelterman: A recalcitrant that finally decided itself after 5 years without blooming... Cattleya trianae variety Sangretoro, the darkest from of the national flower of Colombia. Pics with the cell phone.