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Welcome to Orchids of New Guinea

The huge and, in many ways, mysterious island of New Guinea is home to some of the most beautiful creatures in the world. Most notably birds-of-paradise and birdwing butterflies inhabit the dense forests that still cover large tracts of the plains and the rugged mountain ranges. New Guinea also harbours a tremendous collection of orchids, certainly in excess of 2000 species. They can be found almost anywhere, from the hot mangrove swamps and beach forests to the chilly grasslands above the timberline on the highest mountains. In the misty upland forests their abundance and diversity can be staggering.

Even today our knowledge of most of these orchids is very poor. On the one hand most genera have never been revised. When this will be done many synonyms will undoubtedly come to light. On the other hand it is equally certain that a great number, probably hundreds, of species still await discovery, or at least await description in case they are lying unrecognised in some herbarium. It is therefore impossible at this stage to give an accurate estimate of the number of species occurring in New Guinea. A safe guess would be somewhere between 2700 and 2800 species, or to put it differently: ten to thirteen percent of the world's orchids are to be found in New Guinea. Only some areas in the Andes are probably richer in orchid species than New Guinea.

This is where the Orchids of New Guinea website fills the gap - in addition to the huge gallery of orchid images, the Orchids of New Guinea website also contains 134 genus and just over 2700 species descriptions.

Those who want to become thoroughly acquainted with New Guinea orchids should study the works of Rudolf Schlechter, (1872-1925), J.J. Smith (1867-1947), and other botanists. Valuable though these works are, they do not contain coloured illustrations and they consist largely of species-descriptions in Latin. Besides, they can only be found in very few unusually well-stocked libraries. A modern overview, which provides the means to identify at least all the genera known to occur in New Guinea, is long overdue.

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ABOUT THE ORCHIDS OF NEW GUINEA WEBSITE, ITS AUTHORS & CONTRIBUTORS

The Orchids of New Guinea website is a collaboration of works done by the following individuals:

Dr. Eduard de Vogel
Dr. Eduard de Vogel Leiden, The Netherlands
Dr. Eduard de Vogel
Neville Howcroft Rabaul, Papua New Guinea
Dr. Eduard de Vogel
Wolfgang Bandisch Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea

This website and it's contents is now accessible free of charge to all Orchid enthusiasts!

The basis of this website is the work of many contributors to the publication of 6 CDs by the Leiden branch of the Nationaal Herbarium Nederland (NHN), until recently known as the Rijksherbarium, and the Leiden Hortus Botanicus (= botanical garden) are part of the university of Leiden, the oldest university in the Netherlands.

The CDs were developed by The Expert Center for Taxonomic Identification (ETI) is a Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) in operational relations with UNESCO. ETI is a not-for-profit electronic publishing house dedicated to improving on a global scale the quantity, quality, and accessibility of taxonomic information.

The CDs are no longer readable by modern computers and so this website has been created, containing every bit of information on the 6 CDs however, with much higher quality images and some 150 new species descriptions.

As such, this website is the result of 40 years of research of the orchids of New Guinea and due to ongoing research of the authors of the CD's, a new medium had to be found to allow publication of new discoveries.

On this website you will find:

  • Complete list and descriptions of all orchid genera of New Guinea
  • Complete list and descriptions of all orchid species in all genera discovered over the last 100 years
  • The equivalent of some 30,000 pages of printed text
  • A vast collection of photos (including stereo images) and line drawings of the orchids of New Guinea. New photos are added on a regular basis.
  • Maps of orchids occurring in the wild
  • Huge amount of background information, history of orchid research, habitats, orchid families, vegetation zones, orchid culture and much more.

The website has been is built and is maintained by developers from Cybermasta Limited. A small web development company based in Papua New Guinea.

SOME OUR FAVOURITE NEW GUINEA ORCHIDS

Pseudovanilla foliata

Pseudovanilla foliata

Bulbophyllum bandischii

Bulbophyllum bandischii

Malleola gautierensis

Malleola gautierensis

Diplocaulobium regale

Diplocaulobium regale

Bulbophyllum digoelense

Bulbophyllum digoelense

Dendrobium williamsianum

Dendrobium williamsianum

Bulbophyllum cruciatum

Bulbophyllum cruciatum

Dendrobium tampangii

Dendrobium tampangii

Bulbophyllum alkmaarense

Bulbophyllum alkmaarense

Bulbophyllum artostigmae

Bulbophyllum artostigma

Bulbophyllum nasica

Bulbophyllum nasica

Bulbophyllum pseudotrias

Bulbophyllum pseudotrias

Bulbophyllum pseudotrias

Bulbophyllum pseudotrias

Phreatia sp.

Phreatia sp.

Diplocaulobium aratriferum

Diplocaulobium aratriferum

Dendrobium leucocyanum

Dendrobium leucocyanum

Oberonia sp.

Oberonia sp.

Cadetia chionantha

Cadetia chionantha

Bulbophyllum geniculiferum

Bulbophyllum geniculiferum

Dendrobium verruculosum

Dendrobium verruculosum

Eria bractescens

Eria bractescens

Dryadorchis dasystele

Dryadorchis dasystele

Bulbophyllum apodum

Bulbophyllum apodum

Bulbophyllum quadrangulare

Bulbophyllum quadrangulare

Bulbophyllum pyroglossum

Bulbophyllum pyroglossum

Dendrobium caliculimentum

Dendrobium caliculimentum

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