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Lou, your expected CD "Cyrtopodium Genus, Brazilian Species" is now available, can you talk about the research you have done, the time you spent, the habitats visited, the new species you have found, to put it in other way, could you tell us a little about the way you carried out this research?
I suffered a lot developing this work. I can say that, until this moment, I spent 6 years and only succeeded because I live in Brasilia. If I lived at the coast, it would not be possible as the geographical center of the species irradiation is here, in the Brazilian Central Plateau. How could I do it if I lived at the sea side? First, the most part of Cyrtopodium species can not be cultivated there, I know about many frustrated attempts by growers who brought species from the Plateau Central to the seaside and the plants rot. Besides, there is a great number of species which just appear in the surface during the grow or blooming period. During the resting period, they are hidden, practically underground. As I was developing this work and at the same time I was doing the research of the orchids from the Central Plateau, every day I went to savanna and had the opportunity to follow all the vegetative cycle of those species. If it was a distant habitat, it would not be possible to do this.
Little by little, I was doing my work but, when I found a species, the correction identified was a doubt. Hoehne has a very interesting work and was, for me, the only true resource. For example, for all orchids lovers, every yellow Cyrtopodium is considered as andersonnii but I finally verified that it is not exactly. For example, this species is told as occurring in the State of Rio de Janeiro but it does not occur there, even for logical reason. How could a plant, found in the sand dune, in Central America, to be, suddenly, found in high elevation in Teresópolis, at Cristo Redentor hill and in other rock. It is a nonsense.
|It has been a big fight but, on the other hand, the cultivation conditions are great in Brasilia because the most species of Cyrtopodium come, exactly, from savannas, dry areas with low humidity. Little by little, I increased the collection and, living here, I could cultivate outdoor as they were in their natural habitat, without problems with good blooming.|