12 de enero de 2019

Stelis ID (this goes for a lot of pleurothallids, too)

Adam Karremans said the following, when I hit him up for some Stelis identifications. He has worked extensively on the phylogenetics of some Stelis. 'Hi Rudy, unfortunately Stelis is too hard to id just like that. We cant even understand our own species in Costa Rica. The time is not there yet to work them out well, hopefully it will come. I can tell you anyone giving you Stelis names is just guessing. Sorry for not having better news..'

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24 de noviembre de 2018

catch-up time, and seasonality for orchids

It has been a long time since I posted anything; some back and knee problems have slowed me down lately. Since beginning iNat in March 2018, I seem to have focused on orchids, and injuries of late have taught me an important lesson: I have to be in great shape to do a lot of the orchid discovery. Up and down mountainsides, daring to climb a tree, and the distances I covered the past 8 months have been rigorous. Moving a lot less, especially the past week, has kept me looking closer to home and shooting mostly spiders and birds from the garden plus uploading a lot of old pics. How about seasonality for orchids? I need to do the research; but what I see in NW Ecuador is a near stand-still with orchid flowering since...August or so? December is nearing now, and Mindo has gotten a lot of rain the past few weeks. Which gives me hope of seeing a re-awakening of these marvels in flower. Hopefully I will be up to the challenge within a week or two.

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15 de julio de 2018

Notes from the field today

All observations from via a Cunuco, ca. 1200masl, esp. about 4-6kms from Mindo

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14 de julio de 2018

notes from the field 13 july 2018

Hike the rio bravo area; staying higher (along San Lorenzo rd.) plus short walk to the Rio Bravo crossing

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12 de julio de 2018

Notes from the 10th of July 2018

One of my favorite hikes with the pup, 'La Isla', most of the day today. Most pleurothallids in the exposed areas (most of the hike is open/field mixed with guava and citrus and 'edge' of forest) are seeding or wilting; precious few in the genus Pleurothallis at all; there were some goodies near 1500masl, and a treat to be in the ravine with the waterfalls for the tiny Platystele. However, overall compared to Mar/April/early May my impression is: far fewer orchids in bloom (#of individuals).

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07 de julio de 2018

Notes from the 6th of July 2018

All observations for daylight hours today are from MCF Milpe Reserve; an intro sit-down discussion with Tanya-Leyla and Nico. After studying iNat for an hour or two, we walked from the parking lot to on main trail to river to the east/northeast on the reserve property. Nico has several plots within the reserve, so we were checking out some of the trees (he is a dendrologist) he has been studying; I forgot to ask him how many specimens from Milpe trees he has collected and where they are stored. We also looked at his professor's (Walter Palacios) tree books. For the most part we made observations within decent/older forest; when we crossed the river, going farther from roads/the parking lot...that is where the forest became most interesting and where we had the big Cedrela sp.

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Meeting a dendrologist at Milpe

Nico is from Carchi and he studied and worked with Walter Palacios (author of common trees of Ecuador and tree genera of Ecuador). It was the first time to be in a forest in Ecuador, after living here for nearly 2 decades, with someone who really knew their trees in Ecuador. Well--to be fair--many Kichwas of the Amazon have shown their knowledge to me over the years. Nico reminded me of a few things about neotropical dendrology: 1) there are trees from here right now being described new to science' 2) many more are to be described in the future; 3) there are precious few dendrologists here; 4) and the not-so-new news to me: strict laws and red tape a mile long have science and scientists so ham-strung here that few people consider science as a viable option. As an example of the last: to collect a specimen for deposit to the national herbarium takes tedious paperwork (with rules and laws changing--often before, during, and after your paperwork process), often taking months to complete, for your specimen to even be considered acceptable by the herbarium. A depressing amount of bureaucratic hoops one must navigate. Imagine having to buy a permit to collect even a dandelion from the sidewalk, or to make a specimen a maple in your backyard. Ouch. No small wonder there are only about a thousand plants ID'd to species level here (out of, let's say 20,000), and very small wonder there are few local biologists, with proper collecting and museum experience, involved in iNaturalist, or involved at any level.

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06 de julio de 2018

Notes from the field today

Today exclusively walked from Cascada Nambillo bridge to the west: so climbing out of the river area to points undiscovered by me. Mostly followed a ridge, and arrived to a patch of pasture--when I looked to the east I was looking eye-level at the Cascada Nambillo buildings where there is a parking lot (the latter not visible).

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03 de julio de 2018

Notes from the field today

Walking a ridge forest at ca.1300masl de la loma entre r.nambillo and r. cinto, I was surprised to see how many epiphytic orchids were in seed and/or looked as if their next flowering cycle was a long ways from now. This part of the world has a pronounced dry season, roughly June-Dec. That said, 2 Stelis and 2 Pleurothallids, plus an Oncidium and a Lepanthes from a ridge isnt' bad. This place merits at least several more visits this year to see how much the flowering cycle changes: I saw hundreds of tiny Pleurothallids with seed and/or leaves only (Platystele and others?) today.

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21 de junio de 2018

How do I use iNaturalist?

iNat provides a platform for me to share (and most importantly--keep organized) my observations and learn from people around the world. As a biologist and naturalist, I am interested in seeing and trying to understand variation: thus the repeated nature of my photos. When I get help with difficult groups (eg, Pleurothallis), I feel compelled to get more data/more photos to illuminate variation within a species or other grouping. I do not get bored with submitting many of the same species...On the contrary, this provides to me endless satisfaction and contemplation.

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