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Oncidium orchid

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oncidium

Name

Oncidium is commonly known as the golden shower orchid.

Description

Delicate sprays of tiny flowers, shaped like skirted dancing girls.

Colours

Yellow with brown spots.

Care tips

As cut flowers, they can last several weeks. They like cool air and regular misting, and are sensitive to ethylene gas so keep them away from fruit, vegetables and dying flowers. Snip off old flower heads.

Facts

The world's largest orchid can grow to 20 metres long.

Confucius acknowledged orchids saying, "the association with a superior person is like entering a hall of orchids.”

 

Other types of orchid

Cattleya

Cymbidium

Ludisia / jewel orchid

Oncidium / golden shower orchid

Paphiopedilum / slipper orchid, lady slipper orchid

Phalaenopsis / moth orchid

Vanda

Vuylstekeara / cambria orchid