Joined: May 30, 2016 Last Active: Sep 22, 2019

I'm a high school student with an interest in the phylogeny and classification of orchids and various carnivorous plant species, most notably the pitcher plants (Heliamphora, Sarracenia, Nepenthes, Cephalotus, and Darlingtonia), Pleurothallidinae (Teaguiea, Dracula, Scaphosepalum, etc), and Orchideae (with a focus on Ophrys and Platanthera). Most of my experience is with the wild orchids of the United States and Canada, but I recently decided to expand my horizons and learn about the orchids of Europe.

I've been growing a variety of carnivorous plants in a small greenhouse for the past few years, and am now learning how to grow various orchid species in the hopes of adding some Pleurothallids to the collection. Among the most interesting are Restrepia sanguinea, Drosophyllum lusitanicum, Drosera regia, Nepenthes rajah × veitchii, and Heliamphora tatei "Cerro dulda" × pulchella "Amuri".

I'm also working on a book about the wild orchids of New England and New York for a while now, and many of the photos I will be using have been posted on my iNaturalist account. If all goes well, there will be botanical illustrations (see for an example of this) to show important morphological characteristics and text for each species, which I am now in the process of writing. A sample photo of Platanthera grandiflora has been included below.


Contact email: (Amerorchis has been subsumed into Galearis, and the sole representative of the genus, Amerorchis rotundifolia, is now Galearis rotundifolia).

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