McAllen International Orchid Society Journal

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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.

MIOS Meeting Notice

The meetings of the MIOS are normally held on the 3rd Sunday of each month. The next three will be held on the following Sundays: June 21st, July 19th, and August 16th. Each will be held at 2:30 p.m. at a member's home in the McAllen, Texas area. Please contact the editor for more information.

Society Membership

The MIOS's annual individual membership fee for 2015 is thirty-five dollars U.S. ($35) 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.

Orchid Manuscripts

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.

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[ Articles ]

"Midsummer Flowers", R J Ferry

Cattleya amethystoglossa (no Pl#; a plant of the late Mike Zeplin). Digital photo DSC_629; Tues-21Mar-06.

One may think of cattleyas in one's collection as dominating the flowering during the fall and winter seasons in the northern hemisphere, but this does not take into consideration the Brazilian bifoliate cattleyas! In late March, here at 343JWT, we've seen Cattleya amethystoglossa, a plant reaching close to a meter in height with its clustered inflorescence held well above the long fusiform pseudobulb. We won't go into it here, but this is a species much used in hybridization!


[ Book Reviews ]

"Book Review: Wild Orchids of Tinsukia District of Assam, North East India", R J Ferry

The district of Tinsukia, in the extreme northeastern part of India, covers an area of 3790 square kilometers (about 1463 sq. miles). By way of comparison, particularly for Texas readers of the MIOS Journal, Tinsukia is larger than Victoria County (2302 sq. km) and a little smaller than Hidalgo County (4100 sq. km.). However, the climate of Tinsukia is tropical/subtropical and although it is more or less a valley, it is sandwiched between the mountainous Arunchal Pradesh foothills of the Himalayan Range and mountains eastward in Myanmar, formerly known as Burma.


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