arethusa

Joined: May 30, 2016 Last Active: Dec 11, 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've branched out somewhat and now make identifications for parts of Europe and for some South American genera.

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've been 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 https://www.inaturalist.org/journal/arethusa/18306-platanthera-grandiflora-versus-platanthera-psycodes for an example of this) to show important morphological characteristics and text for each species, which I am now in the process of writing. Photos of each species (like the example photo of Platanthera grandiflora below) will be featured in each section.

If you want to get in touch with me without using messages via iNaturalist, my contact email is amerorchis1@gmail.com. I may decide to change it at some point due to 'Amerorchis' being subsumed into Galearis, and will update this page to reflect any changes made.

Flickr: https://www.flickr.com/photos/166183394@N05/

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