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 next three public meetings will be held on the following Sundays: June 1st, July 6th, and August 3rd. Each will be held at 2:30 p.m. at the Lark Community Center (2601 Lark Ave) in McAllen, TX. The meeting will take place in the Green Room, just to the right of the entrance as you enter.


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 ]

"Recollection of Geodorum appendiculatum (Orchidaceae) from Assam, India and its conservation status", H. A. Barbhuiya, B.K. Dutta, A. Kr. Das, & A. K. Baishya

Geodorum appendiculatum. A-B: Habit. C: Pseudobulb. D. Inflorescence. E. Floral bract. F. Dorsal sepal. G. Lateral sepals. H. Petals. I. Perianth and column. J-K. Lip. L. Column, side view. M. Column, ventral view. N. Frontal view of anther cap. O. Distal view of anther cap. All based on Barbhuiya 904.

Geodorum appendiculatum is recollected after 169 years from India. This constitutes only the second collection of the species from Indian regions and third overall. A detailed taxonomic description along with photographic illustration is provided to facilitate its future identification. Recent surveys confirm that the species is very rare, qualifying as Endangered according to the IUCN Red List Criteria.

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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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