Two species have descriptive specific epithets while six bear the names of different honorees.
Bulbophyllum anascaputum is named for the resemblance of its labellum to the head of a duck (Anas sp.). On a personal note, it reminds me of a species of duck endemic to the Philippines (Anas luzonica) we are endeavoring to conserve.
Dendrochilum geigeri is named in honor of Daniel Geiger, scientist, museum curator and one of the best macro photographers in the world. The species is unique in the genus with a leaf characteristic we have not seen in any of the named species.
Thrixspermum fernandeziae is a stunningly beautiful and uniquely ornamented new member of the species, fittingly named in honor of Yvette Fernandez, Town&Country magazine editor, best-selling children’s book author and children’s welfare advocate.
Dendrobium schettleri is a large-flowered and horticulturally desirable new member of a complex of Dendrobium species from section Calcarifera, found in a small locality. It bears the name of Roland Schettler, editor of OrchideenJournal.
Dendrobium derekcabactulanii is the second new member in the section. It honors my colleague and fellow member of the study group, Derek Cabactulan. Though only recently photographed in situ, it was Derek who first discovered the species in 2011.
Dendrobium reypimentelii is the third new member in the section. It is named in honor of Rey Pimentel, a plant breeder renowned for his work on producing the sweetest pineapples for Del Monte, his turn-of-the-century Hibiscus hybrids and many other ornamental plants.
Glomera gastrodioides is a surprise find, many times passed over by members of the team, until the plant flowered and was photographed in situ.
Bulbophyllum migueldavidii. I discovered this species and we could have given it any other name. But I find this to be the most spectacular from section Stachysanthes and so asked the group to name it after me. Many thanks, Jim and colleagues.
Photographed using a 5DsR Canon. Delighting you always.