In honor of Halloween, I thought I’d highlight some spooky orchids.
This first orchid is Miltassia Kauai’s Choice, sometimes referred to as a spider orchid. This is Mom’s orchid that recently bloomed. The diameter of these blooms are 10 inches from top to bottom. Miltassia is an intergenic hybrid between members of the Brassia and Miltonia genera.
I found this next orchid, Fdk. After Dark, in Longwood Garden’s orchid display. Fdk is the abbreviation for Fredclarkeara which is another intergenic cross between members of the Catasetum, Clowesia, and Mormodes genera.
I thought the deep red/black color of these blooms gave them an eerie, yet beautiful, look.
I hope you enjoyed this short post. If you know any other spooky orchids that you think I missed, let me know if the comment section below!
I'll get back to my series on orchid care leading up to transplanting next week.
7/31/2019 01:41:41 pm
Cool orchids! One of my favorite orchids in your post is the Fdk. After Dark, it is so exquisite and really love the deep, bold purple color with almost black hue. It's very enchanting to look at. My next favorite would be Rose Pogonia or the Snake orchid. In 1884, Thoreau wrote about this orchid ‘smells exactly like a snake’. But its common name is more likely due to the tantalizing tongue-like lip that thrusts out from the flower. The toothed margin and spiky yellow bristle dare unsuspecting insects to stop by for a visit. Definitely a spooky orchid!
8/29/2020 02:56:58 am
Would like ro buy an black orchit plant for my wife birthday could you help.me.
10/24/2022 08:35:17 pm
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Jen Schmidt is a PhD graduate from Cornell University who, with the help of her mother (Barb), is turning into a crazy plant lady at a young age.