Welcome to the website of the McAllen International Orchid Society (MIOS) Journal. The MIOS Journal is a monthly print publication devoted to the study of orchids. It includes articles that are scientific, horticultural, historic, and popular in nature. The unifying theme is orchids. This website contains only a selection of articles from the printed journal.
The MIOS itself is physically located in McAllen, TX and conducts monthly meetings. However, it has corresponding members worldwide, including Belize, Canada, Mexico, South Africa, Sweden, the United Kingdom, and the United States. The society welcomes new members, wherever they may reside.
The next three public meetings will be held on the following Sundays: September 8th, October 6th, and November 10th (POSTPONED FROM November 3rd). Each will be held at 2:30 p.m. at the Lark Community Center (2601 Lark Ave) in McAllen, TX. The meeting will take place in the Green Room, just to the right of the entrance as you enter.
The MIOS's annual membership fee for the year 2013 is thirty dollars U.S. ($30) and includes twelve monthly issues of the MIOS Journal (ISSN 1934-4880). Memberships begun mid-year will still receive all journal issues for that year. If interested in joining the society, please contact the MIOS for more information.
The MIOS Journal is always seeking new authors to write articles and book reviews on any aspect of orchids, be it scientific, horticultural, or popular. If interested in writing for the journal, or if you wish to submit an article for possible publication, please contact the editor.
También publicaremos artículos en español. Si Ud. ha escrito un artículo que tiene algo de ver con las orquídeas y lo quiere publicar, pongase en contacto con el editor.
[ Articles ]
"Intraspecific Floral Morphology & Colour Variation Observed in Geodorum densiflorum (Lam.) Schltr. A Terrestrial Medicinal Orchid species from the Darjeeling Himalaya of West Bengal, India", Rajendra Yonzone, D. Lama, R. B. Bhujel, Khyanjeet Gogoi, and Samuel Rai
Map of Darjeeling district of West Bengal, India
This paper deals with observations on the intraspecific floral morphology and colour variation on Geodorum densiflorum (Lam.) Schltr. a terrestrial medicinal Orchid species from the Darjeeling Himalaya of West Bengal, India. Floral morphology and colour variation was observed in lip and other floral parts. The comparative floral morphology is studied in detail with medicinal uses. However, minute colour variations do not constitute sufficient evidence to merit classifying it as a new species, sub species, variety or forma.continued...
[ Book Reviews ]
"Book Review -- La orquideoflora mexiquense", Eric Olsen
Cover, La orquideoflora mexiquense.
Like orchids, the authors of orchid books can be classified into their genera and species. Some authors (Photographicus orchidacearum) produce visually spectacular books, full of colorful photographs of orchids in bloom, habitat landscapes, or pollinators hovering over a flower's scented lure. Others (Physicus plantae) catalog a region's orchids, collate data on growth or climate, or trace evolution's convoluted path. Still others (Bardus exoticus) tell us the stories of explorers in strange lands, quests for a mysterious plant never before seen by science, or tales of deceit and betrayal as nineteenth-century collectors seek to profit by their (or someone else's) discoveries. It is a rare author who is difficult to place in one of these three genera. Even more rare is one who fits well into all three at once.continued...