BAREFOOT BOYS MEXICAN TRIP N° 7
(By Noah Elhardt and Forbes Conrad, , 2006)
(All pictures by Noah Elhardt and Forbes Conrad)
P. moranensis - 2 variable sites from Oaxaca, Mexico.
P. moranensis never
ceases to amaze me with its high variability in flower colour and morphology,
even within a single site! These two sites were no exception.
Site 1 (between rain showers):
Plants just coming out of dormancy:
The second site was in the same cloud as the P. conzattii we visited:
I was browsing around when I spotted a P. moranensis with a large, hot pink flower.
flowering plant I saw, perhaps a meter away, had this flower (a darker purple
than came out in this picture):
A comparison of the spurs is also interesting. The spur of the second plant was narrow, long, and relatively straight :
The first plant had a shorter, fatter, recurved spur. I don't have a picture of that one uploaded, but it was similar (though perhaps shorter and more recurved) to this intermediate growing nearby:
on P. moranensis variability?
Noah Elhardt and Forbes Conrad