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Image of Phalaenopsis violacea photo by: Michael Charters, www.calflora.net

Michael Charters, www.calflora.net

(Violet Moth Orchid, Violet Phalaenopsis)

Deliciously fragrant, the violet moth orchid bears springtime flowers that are small and purple-violet. This natural epiphyte grows on the branches of trees in rain forests from the Malay Peninsula to Indonesia's island of Sumatra. This species is used extensively in hybridizing to add fragrance to moth orchid grexes.

Plants produce tongue-like leaves of rich medium green. Each is oval, leathery and arises from a very short basal stem. A new leaf is added from spring to fall when growing temperatures...

(Clamshell Orchid, Cockleshell Orchid)

With light green flowers that are inverted to look like small octopuses, the cockleshell orchid is unique in that it holds its burgundy and orange floral lip at the top of the flower, unlike most orchids. A small evergreen tropical orchid, it is an epiphyte (growing on another plant). It is native to Central and northern South America, the Caribbean and southernmost Florida, where it is endangered. There are two differently sized forms, one that is much smaller in all its parts; for floral impact...

(Fragrant Anacheilium Orchid, Fragrant Prosthechea Orchid)

With light green flowers with white lip striped with burgundy, the fragrant prosthechea orchid is unique in that it holds its floral lip at the top of the flower, unlike most orchids. A small evergreen tropical orchid, it is an epiphyte (growing on another plant). It is native to the lowlands across Central America and the Caribbean Basin and northern South America. The most prized feature of this orchid is the fragrance of its usually winter to spring flowers, which resembles a blend of vanilla...

Image of Rhyncholaelia digbyana photo by: Michael Charters, www.calflora.net

Michael Charters, www.calflora.net

(Digby's Beaked Laelia Orchid, Lemon-scented Rhyncholaelia Orchid)

Heavily fringed and beautifully scented of lemons, the ivory colored flower of Digby's beaked laelia orchid appears in summertime. A clumping evergreen orchid from southeastern Mexico to Costa Rica, it is an epiphyte (growing on another plant). The entire plant has a powdery cast to it, looking whitish green or silvery.

This orchid grows from elongated but compacted, tight clusters of pseudobulbs. Each bears one oblong green leaf that is fleshy and held erect. Sometimes in very intense sunlight...

(Orchid, Rhynchostylis)

Leathery leaves are a lovely foil above the dense flower clusters of small white and violet-purple flowers of the giant rhynchostylis orchid in autumn and winter. A large clumping tropical orchid, this species is from the hot, very humid forests of southeastern Asia from Myanmar (Burma) to Vietnam. It is an epiphyte (growing upon another plant) that experiences lots of humidity and rain in summer but a markedly drier winter.

This orchid grows from stout, short stemmed pseudobulbs that have long,...

(Schlieper's Clown Orchid, Schlieper's Rossioglossum Orchid)

Bright and entertaining, Schlieper's clown orchid bears its yellow and sienna spotted flowers in spring and early summer. From the cool cloud forests of southern Central America's highlands, this evergreen frost-tender clumping orchid is an epiphyte, growing on the trunks of tall trees in bright shade.

The oval pseudobulbs sometimes are lightly furrowed and are colored a grayish green to yellowish green. Each pseudobulb is sheathed in papery bracts and carries two tapering oblong leaves of the...

(Orchid, Schomburgkia)

A magnificent orchid with potential to reach a large clumping size, the wavy schomburgkia orchid bears fragrant, rather short-lived dark sienna-red flowers with wavy petals from fall to spring. A large epiphytic (growing on a tree) or lithophytic (growing upon cliff rocks) tender tropical orchid, it is native to the high elevations from Costa Rica eastward to Colombia and Venezuela.

The semi-glossy pseudobulbs bear two to three rigid, elongated green leaves. In the warmth and rains of the spring...

Image of Sigmatostalix amazonica photo by: Michael Charters, www.calflora.net

Michael Charters, www.calflora.net

(Amazon Sigmatostalix Orchid, Miniature Orchid)

Dainty on all counts, Amazon sigmatostalix is a miniature orchid that displays an arching cluster of yellowish green and ivory blossoms in winter and early spring. This tropical evergreen orchid is native to the hot, wet rainforests of northernmost South America. It is an epiphyte meaning it grows on other plants, most notably rainforest trees.

The plant is comprised of compressed clustered pseudobulbss of yellowish green. Each bears one light green leaf that is wide and lance-shaped. From spring...

Image of Tillandsia photo by: James Burghardt

James Burghardt

(Air Plant, Airplant)

The genus Tillandsia was named by Carolus Linnaeus to honor Dr. Elias Tillands, a Finno-Swedish botanist who reportedly had an irrational fear of water. It was once thought these largely tree-dwelling bromeliads also disliked water but this was later found to be inaccurate. There are about 550 species of Tillandsia. They are naturally distributed across the subtropical and tropical regions of the Americas and dwell in various ecosystems from deserts to forests and mountains.

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Image of Tillandsia bulbosa photo by: James Burghardt

James Burghardt

(Bulbous Air Plant, Dancing Bulb)

The bulbous airplant develops a rosy pink blush on its curvaceous leaves before the purple flowers appear in spring. This frost tender evergreen bromeliad hails from southern Mexico and the West Indies southward into northern South America. Native populations also exist in the most southerly reaches of Florida. It is an epiphyte, which means its tiny roots attach to other plants for support. In the wild, it exist in thin, drier canopies of lowland forests, and the curious onion-like bulbous base...