Sunday, March 15, 2009
Today’s Flower: Nun's Cap Orchid
Nun's Cap Orchid
Phaius tankervilliae Dan Rosenberg ‘Tropical Ice’
Synonyms: Chinese Ground Orchid, Veiled Nun Orchid
This is an easy to grow and very showy species of Orchids. There can be up to 20 flowers per stalk and they get to about 4 feet tall. The flowers are beautifully detailed, long lasting and fragrant. Even the foliage of this Orchid is nice looking. I will repeat my two general rules on Phaius culture, give them a little shade and don’t over water!
These were from the 2009 NYBG Orchid Show, which had a mini-review here last week. This second flower is a Pansy Orchid (Miltoniopsis, mil-toh-nee-OP-sis). They can be quite dramatic and come in a range of colors. I find the culture of these Orchids to be a little tricky.
The other day when I was in Manhattan this guy wanted his friend to step out into Broadway and take his picture with Times Square in the background. The first picture he is trying to convince his friend that is safe. The second picture was the pose and the third is where he almost got run over. Everybody else saw the traffic coming except him.
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