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 Canada, Mexico, South Africa, Sweden, 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 ]

"Thoughts on The Age and Size of the Orchid Family", R J Ferry

Pl#050575-1. Slc. Falcon 'Alexanderi' FCC/AOS. Digital scan from 35mm transparency, Photo: 05 May, 1975

Several years ago, the elaborate tome of the Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids was published by Alex Hawkes (1964). In the first page of his introduction he states: "The number of different kinds of orchids which grow wild throughout the world has never been determined with any accuracy, and estimates today range from a low of 7,500 species to a high of more than 30,000. From the evidence at our disposal, it would seem that a figure of about 24,000 apparently valid species is a safe and reasonable estimate. In addition to this prodigious quantity of 'wild' orchids, there exist about 32,000 or so -- the number increases at the average rate of more than 1,000 per annum -- hybrid forms, these hybrids having been produced, for the most part, by man's action. Thus in the Orchidaceae, we have by far the largest assemblage of flowering plants known to science at the lowest estimate something in excess of 56,000 distinct kinds, as this book is written.”

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[ 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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