Friday, March 2, 2012
Orchid Odm. Serendipity
This beautiful odm. Serendipity currently in flower in my greenhouse, its a cross between odm. cirrhosum x praestens and it flowers with abundance with many free-flowing arching flower spikes. The blooms predominately white with dark burgundy shadings and spots and bright yellow middle and the flowers have a bit of spidery appearance to them. I don't know who crossed this orchid, but by the name given to it it tells a story of "happy accident" or "pleasant surprise" with the finished product.
Like all Odontoglossum's it likes constant watering and high humidity with plenty of air movement, dislike sun and prefer to be in the shade most of the time. Their origin cloud forests of South America, constantly cool, wet habitats and in cultivation can be a challenge to replicate their native growing condition. Still, with a bit of dedication they reveal their beauty and reward with many special blooms that last a few weeks.
I've been away from blogging for a while, did some travel, attended to urgent family matters, done some studies and now back and hopefully will be able to share more of the magical orchids with you all.