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    FINDING, ANALYSING THE ENVIRONMENT AND IDENTIFYING THE SPECIES

 While I learn about the environment, the different species of Vietnamese orchids have to be identified. This is a way too waste task for me, but never the less, I will do my very best.

 According to the 2003 statistics of Russian researcher Leonid V Averyanov and his daughter Anna L Averyanova, there are 897 orchid species in Vietnam. No doubt; there will more found in the future.  I will seek out some of these, spanning form the widest climatic areas I can find.

  I will start at some nurseries, hoping they will lead me to some wild habitats and reveal a bit about their growing methods. Especially fertilizer including conductivity, pH, light, dormant periods, temperatures night, day and year, propagation methods and other hints. Along with that, I should get a feeling of the different genera I hopefully will find in the wild.

  A list of the genera I might encounter can be found here.

  A key to identifying the Vietnamese orchids can be found here.

  A list of technical terms can be found here.

 Vietnam contains of different climate zones which each host their specific species of orchids. The country can be divided op in these areas, where the numbers refers to the map below. I will start in the middle Da Nang (33), working my way up to the north with the rich Sapa area in the Lao-Cai province (3), and finish up in the deep south (63).

 


Dendrobium cruentum

Renanthera imschootiana
1 - Dien Bien 33 - Da Nang city
2 - Lai Chau 34 - Quang Nam
3 - Lao Cai 35 - Kon Tum
4 - Yen Bai 36 - Quang Ngai
5 - Son La 37 - Gia Lai
6 - Ha Giang 38 - Binh Dinh
7 - Cao Bang 39 - Dak Lak
8 - Tuyen Quang 40 - Phu Yen
9 - Bac Can 41 - Dak Nong
10 - Phu Tho 42 - Khanh Hoa
11 - Thai Nguyen 43 - Binh Phuoc
12 - Lang Son 44 - Lam Dong
13 - Bac Giang 45 - Ninh Thuan
14 - Quang Ninh 46 - Tay Ninh
15 - Vinh Phuc 47 - Binh Duong
16 - Ha Noi city 48 - Dong Nai
17 - Bac Ninh 49 - Binh Thuan
18 - Ha Tay 50 - Long An
19 - Hung Yen 51 - Ho Chi Min city
20 - Hai Duong 52 - Ba Ria-Vung Tau
21 - Hai Phong 53 - An Giang
22 - Hoa Binh 54 - Dong Thap
23 - Ha Nam 55 - Tien Giang
24 - Thai Binh 56 - Kien Giang
25 - Ninh Binh 57 - Can Tho
26 - Nam Dinh 58 - Vinh Long
27 - Thanh Hoa 59 - Ben Tre
28 - Nghe An 60 - Hau Giang
29 - Ha Tinh 61 - Tra Vinh
30 - Quang Binh 62 - Ca Mau
31 - Quang Tri 63 - Bac Lieu
32 - Thua Thien-Hue 64 - Soc Trang

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