Ruben In Orchids
Dr. Ruben P. Sauleda began growing orchids at the age of 12. At the age of 16 he established
Ruben In Orchids. Almost half a century later Ruben In Orchids is recognized internationally and is
one of the oldest orchid business in the United States.
After graduating from Miami Senior High School, he attended Miami-Dade Junior College where
he received an Associate of Arts. He was the first biology student in the first graduating class to
receive a Bachelor of Science at Florida International University. He was then accepted to Florida Atlantic
University where he received a Master of Science in biology working on the orchids of the Bahama Islands.
During this time he was asked by Dr. Donovan S. Correll to collaborate on the Flora of the Bahamas by
contributing the treatment of the orchids. After graduating from FAU, he was accepted to the University
of South Florida, where he received his Ph.D. in Orchid Taxonomy. He has held positions as a Research
Associate at Fairchild Tropical Gardens, Florida Atlantic University, the University of South Florida and
several other research institutions. He has taught classes at Florida international University and Miami-Dade
Dr. Sauleda has written several books on orchid culture and has written over a hundred articles
in scientific journals. He was Chairman of Education for the 2008 World Orchid Conference in Miami.
His was responsible for arranging all the lectures, overseeing all the photography and was the editor
of the proceedings. His specialty is flasking and is presently the leader in reproducing Encyclia, Cattleya,
Schomburgia and Tolumnia species and hybrids.
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