A wonderful new orchid just bloomed in George’s garden.
Small flowers, less than a half inch tall and wide, on a long stem, more than a foot high, and a long name: Scaphosepalum antenniferum. George is the first to admit that spelling is not one of his strong points, but he always gets these complicated orchid names right. This is a closeup front view of one of the flowers.
And this is a side view.
The name antenniferum is from the Latin antennifer, “antenna-bearing”, referring to the appearance of the tails.
It’s a species orchid that’s native to South America, found in the cloud forest where it’s always cool — which may be why it’s so happy in El Cerrito this summer, where we’re having much lower than normal temperatures!