Paphiopedilum orchids are the most commonly grown lady slipper orchids because they are more adaptable to cultivation than other kinds of ladyslippers.The 60 Paphiopedilum species are native to India, southern China, New Guinea and the Philippines.They can easily be grown at home, and each flower can provide you weeks, if not months, of enjoyment.
Zygopetalum orchids have long history, a Brazilian name Mackay gave an orchid to the famous orchid botanist, Sir William Hooker. Sir Hooker examined this unique new orchid and created a new genus for it: Zygopetalum. The first species of Zygopetalum orchids was named Zygopetalum mackayi in honor of that Brazilian gentleman. This genus derives its name from the Greek zygon (yoke) and petalon (petal), and is a perfect description of the growth at the base of the lip. These plants produce multiple blooms that can last for up to 8 weeks, and are often bred to be used as cut flowers.
Maxillaria orchids are well-known, but not necessarily popular. There are over 300 species in this genus, but not many are grown by orchid enthusiasts, because only a small portion of the species produces showy flowers. Those that do, produce single flowers on short spikes. Some of them are magnificently fragrant.Native to tropical America, this genus derives its name from the Latin word maxilla which means jawbone.Normally, the lip of these plants looks like an arched tongue and has three unremarkable lobes. The result is a blossom that slightly resembles a jawbone.
Angraecum Orchid is a small star-shaped orchid and commonly called the Comet Orchid.The name refers to the flower’s star shape, and from the very long tail (spur) at the back of the lip.The comet orchid is only one of over 200 species of Angraecum orchids. Native to tropical Africa and Madagascar, these plants vary widely in flora and vegetation.Many of these orchids also possess a wonderful fragrance.
Brassavola orchids smell like citrus named after the 16th century Italian physician, Antonio Musa Brassavola, these orchids are some of the easiest orchids to cultivate.Brassavola orchids produce white or greenish white flowers that emit a wonderful citrusy smell. The fragrance is emitted only at night, though, to attract the right moth. The popularity of this genus of 20 different species of orchids.
Vanilla comes from orchids.Vanilla flavoring is the product of the Vanilla orchid, scientific name Vanilla planifolia (Planifolia is Latin for “flat-leaved”).Vanilla orchids are vines with bright green, fleshy stems and leaves that grow singularly and alternately along the vine. Flowers grow in clusters of 12 to 20 buds, are usually about 6 inches long and yellow-green. The flowers bloom over the period of a month, and if pollinated, can potentially produce fruit (seed pods). The pods are harvested before fully ripe and then cured to create vanilla flavoring. The blooms only last one day; opening in the morning and closing at night.Vanilla planifolia is one of over 60 species of Vanilla orchid and has been around for almost 500 years.