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Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Zygopetalum Orchid

Last year, I bought a number of orchids from someone who was leaving Costa Rica. None had tags so I had to wait until they flowered before being able to identify them, although I was able to guess from the leaves what they most probably were.

Here is my zygopetalum orchid which has just finished flowering. It is mounted on a slab and normally hangs on our orange tree where it thrives under dappled light. I brought it up to the patio so we could enjoy watching the flowers unfold. They only lasted a few days but the scent was lovely - a spicy odor - and they attracted big bees.

I had a zygo in my orchid collection in Vancouver. The flowers were similar. If I have misidentified this orchid, please let me know.

A few days before flowers opened.
Opened flower.

 

Big bee (on left) headed to the flower.

 

8 comments:

  1. Great pics, Diana, especially the bee/blooms combo! Orchids are so amazing, thanks for a great story.

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    1. Thank you, PC! I knew you would like the "big mother of a bee", as Lance described it - he couldn't sit outside when that orchid was in bloom. Insects love him.

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  2. Diane,

    I used to grow Zygopetalums, and that orchid is not a Zygo. The leaves are quite similar though. I can't recall the genus name of the orchid pictured, but did grow that type of orchid also. Very nice!

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    1. Thanks, Carol. Put on your thinking cap! I'd love to know what this one is.

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    2. This is a catasetum alliance orchid.

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    3. Thanks for identifying it for me. I don't understand why two photos have gone missing .....

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