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Manuel Aybar – Programs


Orchid Species of the Dominican Republic A compilation of many years of collecting trips into the beautiful island of Hispaniola. This program focus entirely in Dominican Species, many of them endangered today. Most of the orchids presented in their natural habitats. Described as “a fascinating trip discovering the orchids of the Dominican Republic paradisiacal rainforests”. Amazing color pictures of these Dominican beauties, some of the genera presented only exist in the island. The Dominican Orchidaceae was described mainly by Donald Dod, which works have been thoroughly studied and translated to compliment this program (45 mins)


Cattleyas: Loved and Adored In this program, Manuel takes us in a journey to explore some of the most controversial Cattleyas: lodigesii, mossiae, dowiana, among other species. Also, one section of this program is dedicated to “The quest for yellow color” in the Cattleya Alliance, as well as a judge’s perspective on how to pick a good Cattleya flower. (45 mins)

Dendrobium: A look at the Phalaenanthe Section As part of Manuel Aybar’s most beloved genera, this program taps into the Dendrobium Phalaenanthe (Evergreen type) section of this complex genus. It presents, from a grower’s and hybridizer’s perspective, the different trends in Dendrobium colors and shapes, and the origin of the many common dendrobium hybrids known today. (45 mins)

The Genus Rodricidium Rodricidium, closely related to the Equitant Oncidiums (Rodricidium = Rodriguezia + Oncidium) is genus that presents some unique characteristics that makes it extremely appealing to the orchid grower. Sometimes they get confused with Regular Equitant oncidiums. In this program, you will learn how to grow these miniature jewels and the different trends in hybridization. Many color pictures illustrate this 45 mins program.

Orchid Delirium “A tall, slender stalk leads to an exquisite flower composed of three inner petals, three outer petals, and a cupped petal distinct from the rest. Labellum, inflorescence, and sepal-the names of the anatomical parts sound as fabulous as they look. The whole exotic composition is almost alien in appearance, extravagant in the extreme, yet possessed of a delicate intricacy” Orchidaceae is arguably the most stunning and elegant family of flowering plant known to man. For millions of years, the orchid family has thrived and expanded, defying evolution, Mother Nature, and the exploitation of its greatest opponent-Man. In “Orchid Delirium” you will learn the basics of care and cultivation of these exotic flowers. This workshop is tailored for people who have never seen an orchid to the already somewhat “experienced” grower. It’s a celebration of passion for a hobby that each day entices more of us… (30-45mins)


Orchids of Peru It is estimated that Peru has around 3000 species, as diverse as Chlorea pavonii growing in the Andean valleys up to 3100 meters high to the spectacular and worldly known Cattleya rex, native of Moyobamba in the eastern slopes of the Andes. It is not known that in Cuzco in time of the Incas there was a love story based in a beautiful orchid of red flowers (Masdevallia veitchiana). This flower, according to many specialists, is one of the most beautiful orchids in the world. In his recent adventure to Machu Pichu and Moyobamba, Manny captures the beauty of many of the peruvian species and gives us a virtual trip into the Orchids of the Sacred Valley of the Incas and the warm jungles of Moyobamba. (45 mins)