By Julie Zickefoose

Chicken watchers far and wide dream of a panorama full of berry–laden branches, nesting spots between twining vines, and birds crowding their feeding stations. allow Backyard Birding make your goals come actual! Julie Zickefoose exhibits you ways to put out the welcome mat on your feathered neighbors by means of contemplating all in their wishes, together with year–round water offer, nutrients, and guard. no matter if you're trying to create a hummingbird backyard, set up a water function, create perches for birds, or just enable a nook of your home run wild, you'll locate all the idea and knowledge you would like right here in yard Birding.

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Grandiflora (widespread in South America), and V. pompona subsp. pittieri (widespread in Costa Rica, Honduras, and other parts of Central America). Further research of wild-collected material is needed to untangle whether any of these subspecies should be elevated to the rank of species, as they historically have been classified, or whether they may be hybrids (plate 58). Furthermore, one still sees the illegitimate name V. lutescens being  vanilla orchids used in greenhouse collections for some large specimens, but this is a synonym of V.

Gran­ difolia from central West Africa. Not only does this species produce leaves that are almost circular in outline, but they are also  vanilla orchids mottled green and gold (plate 40). Vanilla grandifolia is a strikingly beautiful species that deserves to be cultivated for its foliage alone. Some cultivars of are prized for their unique leaf color. Vanilla planifolia ‘Variegata’ produces green leaves with yellow stripes, and ‘Albomarginata’ has white leaf margins. A third cultivar, V. planifo­ lia ‘Oreja de Burro’ (meaning “donkey ears”), is distinct not for its coloration, but because its large floppy green leaves tend to hang downward on the vine.

But this number of species is dwarfed by the vast array of hybrids in the orchid family. Orchids can be crossed easily in the greenhouse, and the Royal Horticultural Society recognizes more than 100,000 registered orchid hybrids. In fact, artificial crosses not only between species, but even between different genera are common. Hybridization may result in a spectacular blending of colors, intermediate flower forms, dwarf plants, or any other multitude of variations. It is not unusual for hybrids to double the number of chromosomes within each of their cells (a process known as polyploidization), often resulting in larger plants.

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