Sunday, July 17, 2005
Name this Orchid
I love orchids and Bromeliads. They are so exotic. Most of them last a long time and have tropical colors. In February, 2004, I bought an orchid at Candeleria flower exhibition here in San Miguel de Allende. It didn't have a bloom at the time but it was in with a couple of other orchids and bromeliads. The others died off and this one lived. I had it on the terrace but with the construction I moved it down to the patio. It must really like the new location because I noticed it was putting out a few new leaves. Up until now, it had been quite dormant.
Several times on Friday I caught a whiff of something sweet. I couldn't imagine what might be blooming in the patio. By Saturday morning the smell was stronger....much stronger and a sweet that wasn't so nice. Then I spied the spike on the orchid with one blossom that was opening just a crack. But I wasn't the only one that was smelling that smell, there were a couple of bee body insects with metallic coloring that were trying their best to get into the orchid. Through the day the blossom opened, heavy and hanging toward the ground.
It is an interesting orchid but I don't have a clue as to what it might be other than I know it isn't a phalaenopsis. Can you name this orchid?