Jan G. Otterstrom F.

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National flower of Costa Rica
Guaria Morada, epiphytic or cliffs
Guarianthe skinneri, forty cm tall
creeping rhizome, stalked
furrowed, flower clusters purple
pink tints, spindle pseudo bulbs
petals wider than sepals, wavy
margins, showy corsages, deep
violet lip, yellowish lines decorate
discovered in Guatemala 1838
George Ute-Skinner, thus named
other color, white, also dominate
temperature range 18 to 28 c
humidity ideal, cherished by
country folk, harmony, good luck
hang in gardens, rooftops too
up in trees to enjoy a wider view.

Jan G. Otterstrom F. October 19, 2014