NO.10  Phragmipedium World in Brazil

Mr. Robert Takase  (Brazil)

R. Dr. Diogo de Faria n=BA 1226 ap 13 ,Paulo SP Brazil
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I'm decendent of japanese as my grandfather by my father Mr. Sigeiti Takase the first breeder of kingyo, Gold fishes, ornamental fish in Brazil. He came in the second ship that arived in Brazil with imigrants from Japan. If you take a look in ornamantal fishes names , search for "Hyphessobricom takasei and Moencausia takasei " two ornamental fishes that have our family name. My father was a famose ornamental fish exporter, but now he is retired with 68 years old. I've get interested in orchids just in the last two years and get facineted with slipper orchids( Paphiopediluns and Phragmipedia and also Selenipediuns ) the two last genera native to Brazil- some species of course. As you know from news , here in Brazil a lot of native jungle are been fired by farmers to breed counws to make meet for hamburgers and as we are an underdeveloped coutry not much can be done about these. So before some places I know there are Phrags get fired I try to colect or get them by local colectors to save them. I know about international CITIES , but will I let them get burned by fire or perhaps try to save them growing, polinizing and making seedlings of them isn't this whrigt ? I'm an amateur not a comercial breeder of orchids, so when I get the seedlings of some of these plants I'll give them free for my friends here in Brazil to make sure these plants will not desapear. That is my moral thinking. Do you agree?

Phrag. ecuadorense or Phrag. pearcei var. ecuadorense depending the Author of clasification.

It has grass like leaves and the flower is very small.

Phrag. longifolium

This plant is from a seedling made in Ecuador nothing special just a litle darker them normal

Phrag. sargentianum

A natural variety of the Phrag. sargentianum with larger flower and more colorful it cames from the distric of Alagoas mainland .

Phrag. lindleyanum

This plant was founded in the distric of Bahia were it canot be , but it is. If you note the Brazil's map there is a big river - The Francisco River- that make a natural wall betweem the districts of Pernambuco and Bahia, also this specie is only reported fron Guianas, but Guianas have Amazonic forest as Bahia distric have Too!! it's a trasition fron amazonic forest and atlantic rain forest! Quite soon I'll send you the photos of the native place a friend of mine is at this time in the place taking pictures. (Good!!!)

Phrag. vittatum

This plant came from central Brazil it's the normal form, there are more two variants one the synsepalum is larger then the pouch(labelum) an the other the same is at exact size as the labelum. The right one is from the latest 6 flowers in this season from thevittatum's spike. It is a verry good flowering, isn't it ?  As normaly 5 flowers open on a spike of this species

.The seed capsule of Phrag. vittatum.

This is the seed capsule of the vittatum. It's developing verry well. I hope, i will be able to godd seedlings and come good flowers in future from this seed caps

Phrag. caudatum

This is from Equador, it's color is yellowish perhaps some variation because it's growed with full morning sum light and 60% shadow by noon and aftenon. There was a local orchid exposition here in Paulo A.O.S.P. and it gets the firth prize in his category it was at 18-19 and 20 Setember in the Japanese-Brasilian center of culture in the "Liberdade" square here in Paulo city a famouse place were there are concentred japanese decendents , the streets have tipical decoration remenbering japanese ones.

Phrag. meu

This is my pride Phrag. I get them as a gift from a friend and it's native from Brazil. As far as I could search it may be a natural hibrid between Phrag. pearcei X Phrag. longifolium . The mother plant was colected in 1974 by a japanese orchid grower in Rondonia district of Brazil. Unfutunatly he is dead now and nobady can say exactly were.

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