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 April meeting of the MIOS will be held on Saturday, April 12th. This meeting is the society's traditional spring repotting meeting. This year it will take place in Victoria, Texas. For more information, please contact the editor.


Society Membership

The MIOS's annual individual membership fee for the year 2014 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.


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 ]

"Paphiopedilum moquetteanum (J. J. Sm.) Fowlie, Orchid Digest 44: 133 (1980)", R J Ferry

Pl# 210111-9. Paphiopeilum moquetteanum. Digital photo DSC_5831; Wed-26Feb-14.

In the late 1970s and early 1980s, before the shackles of CITES brought much freely done, private orchid exploring to a halt, the late Dr. Jack Fowlie made frequent visits to the Far East, primarily in search, of paphiopedilums. Fowlie was not a commercial collector. He was an M.D. by profession, but also the editor of the Orchid Digest and an avid botanist who wrote extensively (and very well!) about not only the species he encountered, but the geography and ecology of their habitats. Fowlie once said he practiced medicine to have the ability to travel and study orchids.

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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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