When judging was complete and the show area finally opened, I photographed only the specimens that grabbed my interest due to their color, shape or both. The orchid family (Orchidaceae) is the world's second largest family of flowering plants (after the sunflower family, Asteraceae) and the number of genera, species, and intergeneric hybrids is eye-boggling. Identifying an individual specimen is frustrating at best, especially as most are identified only by an abbreviation signifying their natural or hybrid generic names. (If you like making yourself crazy, check out the Royal Horticultural Society's 2017 list of accepted abbreviations here).
Here are my favorites from the show:
|Aerangia 'Splendida', which had flowers like soaring birds|
|Brassolaeliocattleya Toshie Aoki 'Pizzazz'|
|Simply labeled Cattleya bicolor|
|Cattleya 'Red Jewel'|
|Cattleya 'Spotted Gem' x 'Spotted Leopard'|
|Simply labeled "Chocolate Chip Cross"|
|This was my favorite. It's Dendrobium 'Joyce Kelly'.|
|Epicattleya (no cultivar name)|
|The clips distract but the flower is interesting. This is Habenaria medusa. A better photo can be found here.|
|Labeled Oncidium harryanum, I gather it's correctly classified as Ondontogolossum harryanum|
|Paphiopedilum 'Mount Toro'|
|Rhyncholaeliocattleya Chief Canyon 'Morning Call'|
Did I leave the show without purchasing anything? You already know the answer to that question, don't you?
|My purchases were: Brassolaeliocattleya 'Lawless Romeo Cluster' (apparently a hybrid of Blc. 'Toshie Aoki' and Blc. 'American Heritage') and Phalaenopsis sogo vivieno 'Golden Leaves'|
Have a good weekend.
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