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In this article, Guillermo discusses a Colombian sobralia species with cream-colored sepals and petals and a fringed lip, which he photographed in November 2003. He sent me a photo of this plant, and I considered it to be a pale color form of Sobralia dichotoma. With his permission, I posted his photo on the webpage for that species:
After talking with Father Pedro Ortiz, Guillermo has written that this is probably a new species, unlike either Sobralia cattleya or Sobralia dichotoma, and he proposes the name Sobralia mutisii, in honor of José Celestino Mutis. I look forward to hearing more of Fr. Ortiz's work on this species.
"Roger Valencia is the Peruvian connection for the Andean orchid flower essence project. ..He is an awesome guide and an avid botanist. He co-founded a non-profit organization called "Pacha" (meaning earth in Quechua) whose function is to plant trees. His hobby is orchids in the wild - he loves them. He has written a book about Andean orchids and has a wonderful relationship with them. Roger has an uncanny ability to find the orchids - they come out to say hello when he is around..." More info about Roger Valencia.
"Star Essences: These very special Andean Orchid flower essences are made from orchids in full bloom, found well adapted and happy in their natural habitat high in the Andes, in the "Villkabamba" (meaning sacred place) Mountains in and around Machu Picchu, Peru."
"The Mother essences are made with water taken from a sacred ceremonial fountain at the ruins of "Winay Wiyna." In the Quechua language "Winay Wiyna" means "forever young." The Mother essences were placed in triangular shaped clear glass bottles and were placed in the sun as several sacred sites in Peru."
"It is said that Orchids are the flower of ascension. Their DNA structure is the most highly evolved of any plants on earth. Because of their complex nature they are considered to be a synthesis of the workings of supreme intelligence. On the evolutionary ladder of the plant world Orchids are comparable to the animal kingdom species of dolphins and humans. In their beauty, specialization and intricate structure Orchids demonstrate a profound understanding of natural laws."
"ANCHORING LIGHT ~ SOBRALIA DICHOTOMA (Machu Picchu Orchid) This essence is useful when consciously serving as a divine instrument for anchoring light, connecting ley lines and healing he planetary grids. We are transducers of energy and this essence helps us remain stable, grounded and loving, adhering to the concept of peace, while doing this very powerful work. Also good to use during yoga. T'ai Chi, planetary acupuncture and all forms of sacred movement."
"The fragrance incorporates top notes of Eriopsis biloba (orange orchid with apricot) and Maguireothamnus speciosus (a transparent green jasmine). The heart has notes of Sobralia (violet and yellow orchid with white flower) and humid rock. Base notes include herbs, moss, roots and wood. The perfume is a clear bright yellow in flint glass topped by a pointed, speckled white cap, standing on a blue glass bottom that is shaped like a champagne flask. The Spirit of Neblina, in 1.7-oz. eau de toilette, retails for $34 and the Night of Neblina and Dawn of Neblina, .8-oz. eau de parfums, retail for $40 each."
Info at The Fine Fragrance Market or Yves Rocher USA website. Pico da Neblina is located on the Venezuelan/Brazilian border...
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