Friday, June 15, 2007
Orchid (Catastetum macrocarpum)
The buds on this orchid have been forming over the last few weeks. Yesterday, I discovered them all in bloom. Interesting that they are quite thick and heavy. So much so, they are all facing down. I asked a friend to hold them up so that I could get a picture. Yesterday's visit to the Bosque was in haste, so I didn't take the time to see if I have the name for this orchid. In the meanwhile, my friend Claúdio Serique came to my rescue. It's Catasetum macrocarpum. Claúdio came up with his own common name for the orchid, morcegão, which means "big bat". He tells me that this is a very common orchid here in Santarém.