Oil on Canvas, 48" x 48", 2019
Orchid: Peristeria elata
Native Range: Central America and Northwestern South America, Costa Rica to Ecuador
Pollinator: Male Euglossine bees
Conservation Status: Not formally assessed and still locally abundant, but threatened by overcollecting
“The painting features the unusual orchid, Peristeria elata, commonly called the Dove Orchid or the Holy Ghost Orchid.
The orchid was named Peristeria after the Greek word meaning dove, due to the likeness of a dove in the nest at the center of the flowers.
The flowers are pristine white with pink or red spots. The species is found in the American Tropics from Costa Rica and Panama south to Peru and Brazil.
This orchid is the national flower of Panama.”