Saturday, November 8, 2008 to the rescue

Epigeneium nakaharaei grows in Taiwan in the central mountain range. It is cool to warm growing, fragrant and blooms in the fall and winter. It needs bright light.

The genus Epigeneium contains 35 species in Southeast Asia and the Philippines. They do well mounted and like warm, humid and shady conditions.

I know all this because I looked it up on This wonderful website run as a labor of love by Jay Pfahl is my "go-to" source for orchid species information.

When I won this plant from the raffle table at the San Francisco Orchid Society this week I had no idea what the "Epig" on the tag stood for. What I did know was that I had an opportunity to get acquainted with a new genus and species of orchid.

As soon as I got home I went to to look for it, and there it was.

I use all the time. I link to it for supplementary information and use it as my main orchid species reference. When Jay started offering subscriptions a couple of years ago I sent him some money and recently sent some more.

May I suggest that you send him some money too? He is asking only $10 a year. If you use his research to support your interest in orchids, please help him to continue to grow the website. It supplies us with information and pictures in a way that a whole library of books couldn't, especially with all the reclassifications of orchids.

1 comment:

  1. I have several Epigeneium species. Epigeneium nakaharaei is a highland species, as most are. It dies in warm conditions.