Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Philippine Ground Orchid (Spathoglottis x parsonii)

Philippine Ground Orchid
Spathoglottis x parsonii

This picture is from the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory at the New York Botanical Gardens. It is quite a building. It houses plants from several different climates including some very large trees. They call this permanent exhibit the World of Plants. My favorite part is the desert area and the small transitional room that leads to the seasonal exhibits. Most all of the ‘climates’ open on to the world-class water gardens. Which are compact but chock full of botanical delights. This is a Victorian style glasshouse that was built in 1902. I think they refurbished 10 or 15 years ago. It is always a wonderful adventure for me. This is one of the 2% of my pictures that was taken indoors.

This Orchid was blooming and its color was quite striking. When I looked up this particular species of Spathoglottis there wasn’t a lot of information. It is hardy in Zone 10 but can be grown outside during the summer and indoors during the winter. Spathoglottis x parsonii is a natural occurring hybrid between Spathoglottis plicata and S. vanoverbergii. Its native range is in the Philippines. The genus has about 40 species stretching from India to Australia and some of the Southwest Pacific islands.


Ki said...

Outstanding subtle coloring. Unfortunately orchids are too much work although we have a few growing in a portable green house - one a denbrobium with the darkest reddish purple I've ever seen. Almost black. I'll post a pic as soon as it's completely open.

Digital Flower Pictures said...

I 'll be over to plants and rocks to check out that Orchid.