May 2012 - Paul Tuskes

Our speaker this month is Paul Tuskes, who will present the topic "Encyclias and their Relatives". Encyclias are a widespread and diverse genus of orchids that consist of about 240 species, which occur from Florida to Argentina.  With such a wide range of habitats, it is not surprising that many do well outdoors here in San Diego.  All the species grow on tree or shrub branches in the wild and prefer climates that have distinctive wet and dry seasons. Many species have foliage and growth characteristics similar to Cattleya species. Not surprisingly, Encyclia orchids readily breed with other members of the Cattleya alliance to form interesting hybrids. Paul will discuss Encyclia culture and distribution and we will have the opportunity to see some of the outstanding species from each region.  He will also discuss some of the trends in their hybrids.  Since Encyclias are easy to grow, beginners and experienced hobbyists alike will gain much valuable information on this interesting orchid genus by attending Paul’s talk. 

Paul and his wife, Ann, started the species study group nearly 25 years ago, they are AOS judges, and have traveled in Central and South America.  Paul and Ann are members of the San Diego Orchid Society and Paul currently serves as 1st Vice President the Society.

Wed, 05/02/2012 - 7:00pm - 9:30pm