Ascofinetia Peaches

This is new to my collection. I bought it in bud from German grower Karge in September as I just cannot seem to resist anything Neofinetia, pure or not… This is a very nice Neofinetia cross called Ascofinetia Peaches, a name obviously inspired by the lovely color. Ascofinetia is an intergeneric hybrid between Ascocentrum and Neofinetia. The seed parent of this particular cross is Ascocentrum curvifolium, with the pollen parent Neofinetia falcata. Much of the shape is clearly Neofinetia, but […]

Ascocenda Princess Mikasa ‘Tayanee White’

Ascocenda Princess Mikasa 'Tayanee White'The princess… a very nice vandaceous hybrid known for its gentle temper and willingness to bloom in less than ideal conditions. Ascocenda Princess Mikasa is a cross between Ascocenda Royal Sapphire and Vanda coerulea. This is the fairly new white variety, known as ‘Tayanee White’, where the alba form of Vanda coerulea produce this lovely color. This particular […]

Paphiopedilum niveum

Paphiopedilum niveumA small, warm to hot growing, calcicoles terrestrial species from Southeast Asia where it grows in shaded limestone fissures from sea level up to about 200 meters. This is, in my opinion, the most beautiful species in the lovely Brachypetalus subgenus, a group of Paphiopedilum priced for its beautifully mottled or tessellated leaves. In the case of Paphiopedilum niveum the snow white flower is complemented by stunning blue-gray mottled leaves […]

By |2017-10-13T11:25:40+02:00September 29th, 2012|Categories: My orchids|Tags: , , , , |8 Comments

Masdevallia andreettana

Masdevallia andreettanaI am so happy about seeing this wonderful species blooming. I got this division from a friend earlier in the summer and it did not take long before a bud started forming, and what a result! The flower is quite large in comparison to the plant and the flower is covered in little hairs making it look as if it was made out […]

By |2017-10-13T11:25:40+02:00September 7th, 2012|Categories: My orchids|Tags: , , , |6 Comments

Phalaenopsis violacea var. coerulea

Phalaenopsis violacea v. coeruleaA wonderfully fragrant Phalaenopsis species from Malaysia and Sumatra where it grows at an altitude of about 150 meters. It is a warm growing pendulous epiphyte with nice waxy flowers of light violet hues on a cream base. Some say the fragrance is a mix of bubble gum and cinnamon, but I think it smells more like Lilly of the Valley with a hint of Jasmine […]

By |2017-10-13T11:25:40+02:00July 9th, 2012|Categories: My orchids|Tags: , , , , |7 Comments

Lepanthopsis floripecten

Lepanthopsis floripectenThe summer is approaching. Two more weeks of work before some needed vacation time. The temperatures have been mercifully low for the season, making the cool vivarium easier to manage. This lovely Lepanthopsis floripecten is one of the lovely ochids in bloom in there at the moment. I love the long lasting  flowers, looking like a delicate string of pearls glowing like gold moving […]

By |2017-10-13T11:25:40+02:00June 24th, 2012|Categories: My orchids|Tags: , , , , |4 Comments

Podangis dactyloceras

Podangis dactylocerasThis is a small to miniature warm to intermediate epiphyte, and occasional lithophyte, from Western Tropical Africa to Angola and Tanzania where it grows from  750 to 1 950 meters. A beautiful fan shaped species with flowers that look almost like sheer white glass and with a prominent spur. Each short inflorescence carry several (5-20) flowers nestled within the leaves. The flowers measure about 5 mm wide and […]

By |2017-10-13T11:25:40+02:00June 1st, 2012|Categories: My orchids|Tags: , , , , |16 Comments

Neofinetia falcata ‘Kibana’

Neofinetia falcata 'Kibana'I got a division of this lovely Neofinetia from a friend in September last year. It bloomed already a month later and now it is time again. I really like this cultivar. It looks just like the regular white Neofinetia falcata, except for the amazing golden yellow color. The flowers open slightly lighter and darken with time. These photographs were taken about one […]

By |2017-10-13T11:25:40+02:00May 17th, 2012|Categories: My orchids|Tags: , , , , |8 Comments

Vanda (Trudelia) alpina

Trudelia alpinaThis wonderful Vanda is now blooming again. I bought this as a seedling in 2009 and it first bloomed last September. The very best thing about this orchid is that the flowers last fo such a long time, well over two months. The pendant flowers measure about 2 cm wide presented on a one to three flowered inflorescence. It really got a boost hanging outside […]

By |2017-10-13T11:25:41+02:00May 5th, 2012|Categories: My orchids|Tags: , , , , , |8 Comments

Paphiopedilum bellatulum

I got a small flask of Paphiopedilum bellatulum from Equatorial Plant Co in 2008 and deflasked them in August the same year. I have since traded all the seedling but one plant that I kept for myself and it is now blooming for the very first time, 3 years and 7 months later. I am like a proud momma! You really have to be patience when you raise orchid seedlings, but in this case it was more than […]

By |2017-10-13T11:25:41+02:00April 28th, 2012|Categories: Flask babies, My orchids|Tags: , , , , |13 Comments
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