The Republic of Trinidad and Tobago is made up of the two southernmost islands of the Caribbean chain. Trinidad is approximately 10 kilometres east of the Paria Peninsula of north-east Venezuela while Tobago is approximately 35 kilometres northeast of Trinidad. The islands lie at about 10 degrees north latitude. The population of the Republic is about 1.5 million.
The geographic formation of the islands indicate that, unlike the other islands of the Caribbean, Trinidad and Tobago were once part of the South American mainland.
The most complete account and description of native orchids of this country is found in "Orchids of Trinidad and Tobago" by Richard Evans Schultes PH.D., F.L.S.
The Society was founded
in 1956 as The Trinidad Orchid Society - an amateur non-profit society.
TTOS is an affiliated society of the American Orchid Society. Psychopsis
Papilio is the emblem of the Society. It is one of seven species
of oncidiums found in Trinidad and Tobago. It was first imported into
England in the 1800s and initiated the craze for orchid collecting in
The Society usually
meets on the third Sunday morning of each month at different venues in
Trinidad and Tobago. This page will give monthly meeting information.
A bi-monthly newsletter is distributed to all members confirming dates
and venues. The Agenda for meetings includes talks on the above topics
and the presentation of the Show Table display of Members' flowering orchid
hybrids and species. Guests are welcome. Each year an Orchid Show is staged
as part of the objective to educate the public about this exotic plant
family. For information on Show dates and times contact the Society.
Members of the Society have formed a conservation subcommittee and also have undertaken a project to conduct an inventory of local orchid species.
Here is a
link to a youtube documentary on Aripo Savannas produced for the Aripo
Savannas Stakeholders Management Committee by the EMA.
Feel free to share and to link to the video on your respective website, facebook pages and on twitter.