A New Catalogue of Orchidaceae for Saba, N.A.


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How to Cite

Chipka, S. A., & Izquierdo, J. A. (2005). A New Catalogue of Orchidaceae for Saba, N.A. Selbyana, 26(1/2), 14–22. Retrieved from https://ojs.test.flvc.org/selbyana/article/view/121351


The Orchidaceae on the island of Saba, Netherlands Antilles, have only briefly been studied and described. In January 2003, in cooperation with the Saba Conservation Foundation, a 3-year orchid population study of the island was established and is expected to continue as an on-going project. Unique in its geology, as well as its lack of serious tourism impact, the island of Saba provides a distinct research environment for Caribbean Island orchid habitation and ecology data. To date, the study has identified 13 species in eight genera of Caribbean orchids that may be considered naturalized. A unique copper form of Epidendrum ciliare has been located, which presents possible indications of variation from the usual E. ciliare Caribbean types. Orchid populations have been identified and GPS-located for use in future studies. Populations of significant size have been map-plotted for use by the Saba Conservation Foundation in its land-based environmental management programs. This paper addresses species recordings of the Saba Orchidaceae, with previous historical citations, to date of publication.


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