The many different flower shapes and colours make the orchid a true design object. There are over 25,000 species, and every plant is unique. The best-known orchid species is the Phalaenopsis, also called the Moth Orchid. This classic beauty alone is available in hundreds of different shapes and colours. Other highlights from the collection are the Oncidium (Tiger Orchid), Vanda, Dendrobium, Miltonia (Pansy Orchid), Cambria, Cymbidium and Paphiopedilum (Slipper Orchid).
Types of orchids
The Cambria-like is a hybrid of various plant species and therefore does not occur in the wild.
Cattleyas originate from Central and South America.
The Cymbidium has long, grass-like leaves with flowers on long branches. The flowers can get pretty big, up to a diameter of 10 cm.
In the wild the Dendrobium grows on trees and rocks. The name says it all: ‘dendron’ is the Greek word for ‘tree’ and ‘bios’ means ‘life’.
This plant’s name refers to the way in which it grows in the wild: preferably on trees, but sometimes also on rocks.
The ‘pansy orchid’ prefers to grow on sloping river banks, or in any case outdoors.
The ‘dancing princess’ grows on trees and in crevices and in our part of the world it particular likes cool surroundings. The Oncidium is also called the Tiger Orchid.
This orchid is also called the lady’s slipper or slipper orchid. The shoe-shaped lip serves as an insect trap.
The ‘moth orchid’ originally grew in trees.
The Vanda grows and blooms on trees. The roots hang free in the air or are wrapped around the tree. The Vanda is available in various colours, but the most unique is the blue variety (the only one in the world).
Zygopetalum originates from South Africa. In the wild this orchid grown on tree trunks and rocks in damp surroundings.
These exceptional orchids are grown in small quantities and have limited availability.