Deep Cut Orchid Society
Upcoming member meetings and events
Special Guest: Frank Cervera
Topic: Phragmipedium Culture: What can Mother Nature teach us?
A species by species look at Phragmipedium culture from the view of natural populations.
Frank Cervera is a biologist who has been studying the ecology, biology, and taxonomy of the genus Phragmipedium throughout natural populations for the past twenty-five years. His journey with Phrag- mipedium started in the 1980s when one of his ecology professors introduced him to orchids that led him to buy a plant of Phrag. longifolium. After many years of trying to get a sense of which Phragmipedium species were which, and why he was killing so many plants, Frank decided to take the matter into his own hands. Frank’s twenty- five-year sojourn to the jungles of Mexico, Guatemala, Panama, Columbia, Ecuador, Peru, Venezuela, Guyana and Brazil studying the genus Phragmipedium, the taxonomy, ecology, and culture has given him unique access to the source material.
Along the way, Frank has met some of the most well-known names and personalities in the phragmipedium community. He has been to some of the most famous, and infamous, orchid nurseries in South America at critical times in the history of the genus and asked them to retell their stories. Frank has had the unique opportunity of going straight to the source and examining plants and flowers. Frank currently works in the financial services industry and resides, along with his family and his orchids, in New York.