Sunday, March 15, 2009

Today’s Flower: Nun's Cap Orchid



Nun's Cap Orchid
Phaius tankervilliae Dan Rosenberg ‘Tropical Ice’
(FAY-ee-us) (tan-kar-VIL-ee-ay)
Synonyms: Chinese Ground Orchid, Veiled Nun Orchid
Today’s Flower


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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13 comments:

Blossom said...

Love those beautiful orchids.

Gill - That British Woman said...

lovely shots.......

Gill in Canada

Pat - Arkansas said...

The orchids are *B*eautiful! (and thanks for the information). I had to laugh over the guy in the street. It's a miracle he wasn't smushed!

Maria said...

Dreamy delicate colours! Wonderful!

Denise said...

I love learning the names of various flowers. Your orchids are stunning, the guy in the street? Well, I think we have a name for him too ;) Glad you didn't have to photo the ambulance carting him away!

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Tammie Lee said...

gorgeous orchids!
Fun that you got the guy wanting his picture taken, I wonder if his friend captured it as well as you. Love them in B&W~

Kathy said...

That deep purple color at the center is so pretty. Love orchids. =) Hope you have a great week.

Laerte Pupo said...

Beautiful Orchids.
And the crazy guy...no coments

Arija said...

Superb orchids!
I think the fellow was on a one man parade or just playing chicken.

Lilli & Nevada said...

Lovely flower, sure glad that man didn't get run over. Dangerous City

Darla said...

orchids are so pretty.

Phillip said...

I was just reading about the Nun's orchid on another blog and I would love to have one.