Jan G. Otterstrom F.

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Exposed, set on limbs of trees
to bloom as rainy season ends
its pseudo bulbs elongated
sheathed in dark green leaves
short stems spike from apex
then large flowers open in array
Brassavola, Laelia popular
to collect for colors and size
some bifoliates longer, lower
elevations for blossoming buds
while unifoliates more uniform
pronounced bulbs identify
Brassavola has exotic shapes
exquisite fragrance, robust
growth yet Laelias widespread
from Mexican forefathers bed
genes for temperature tolerance
Cattleya hybrids since 1850
multiply spectrum of flashy colors.

Jan G. Otterstrom F. October 19, 2014