Orchid Wine Swirl
Photograph - Color Photographs
Captured this beautiful white and wine colored orchid in a botanical garden in North Carolina. Used a tube of mylar in front of the lens to create the swirl effect to emphasize the flower. I wanted to title it See No Evil because I thought it looked like they were covering their eyes with their hands but was told that was a stretch. Brassolaeliocattleya plants belong to the Orchidaceae, or orchid, family. My research showed this is a brassolaeliocattleya is one of the complex hybrids, called a trigeneric hybrid genus. It is a cross of the three genera, Brassavola, Laelia, and Catteya. For example, Brassolaeliocattleya Memoria Vida Lee 'Limelight' is a cross between Brassocattleya Binosa and Laeliocattleya Brazilian Treasure. The genus consists of several hundred evergreen, epiphytic orchids derived from species native to Central and South America.
An epiphytic plant, such as this type of orchid, grows on top of another plant or uses it for support, but the epiphytic plant does not depend on the host plant for nutrition. Typically, Brassolaeliocattleya orchids have thickened, club-shaped pseudobulbs, which are growths at the base of the stem where the plant stores nutrients and water. The plants have one or two semi-rigid, oblong to oblong lance-shaped leathery leaves. The colorful, fragrant flowers grow in short inflorescences arising from sheathes at the pseudobulbs.
The flower sections of orchid blooms usually have three petal-like sepals and two petals. The distinctive funnel-shaped labellum, or lip, is a modified petal. Often these three sections bear similar patterns and colors, but sometimes they are differently colored, adding to the beauty.
May 4th, 2013
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