Sunday, June 28, 2009

Orchid Crack...

Brassovola cucullata, in the greenhouse. The vast majority of these (that I've seen anyhow) are white. However, once in a while, there is a yellow one and occasionally even a red one. I don't know if these are regional variations or just color sports. They are found from Mexico all the way down to Columbia and Venezuela so there may be regional variation. Some of them have these really cool curly cue sepals as well. This one is actually a nice rusty orange although you wouldn't know it as the flash bleached it out a bit. Color variants are, as the title suggests, totally fun stuff for orchid growers. For most orchids, growers look for albas (whites) and coeruleas (blues) but, with an orchid that is normally white, getting something with nice color is always a real treat.

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