We found these beautiful orchids floating in our river, along with another species nearby. We surmised that an orchid thief had journeyed up the river to find orchids and poach them for his collection or to sell.
Rivers are public property in Costa Rica so anyone can hike up them, which is fun to do, but also perfect cover gor orchid raiding.
After a while we discovered that these orchids had been cut from a nearby branch that had broken and fallen due to the heavy weight of so many flowers, and one of our workers has chopped it from that branch.
These orchids will be placed in another tree on the farm so they can re-root and keep on growing.