Jan G. Otterstrom F.

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Prom queen corsage
from Brazil to England
1810 John Lindley
declared new genus
named for Wm. Cattley
noted botanist of day
classed epidendrum
epiphyte on a tree
by 1818 a sensation
bold exotic colors
rare flower C. labiate
Cattleya cultivation
mystic frenzied search
in tropical climes
denude habitats, greed
incentives compete
British green houses
in the blossom business.

Jan G. Otterstrom F. October 15, 2014