Monday, 18 October 2010

Orchids II

It's been a bumper year for orchids. The hot, dry spell in July-Aug stimulated flowering (I suspect it was more the light intensity rather than temperature that did the trick) and we're still reaping the results. Two other orchids that were induced was the SE Asian slipper orchid (Paphiopedilum, probably a hybrid) and the clamshell orchid.


The Diocentrum flowered twice this year (only the fourth occasion in ten years).
A gorgeous flower spike in full bloom lasting for about two months

Spot the mutant six-petalled flower. It also has fused twin labella

Clamshell orchid (Encyclia cochleata)

Paradoxically, the only orchid that didn't flower was the Phalaenopsis which is reputedly the easiest to cultivate indoors.

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