No Name Orchids

I have never been impressed by labels alone as I know that labels lie.

Recently an oncidium sent out two strong spikes and the flowers surprised me with their form and colour.  It was sold to me as the popular Sharry Baby but this orchid bears no resemblance to it.  I informed the seller about this but did not complain. He said it may be a Contoste Catatante.

Can anyone complain about this?


The first spike



The second spike

I have another orchid with no name (actually I have many).  I named it Cabramatta as I bought it by the roadside there.  It sent out seven spikes of white fringed purple orchids.  Again I have no complaints.



The pavers are 40cm (16 inches) square



About Mary Tang

An urban orchardist everyday, a volunteer regularly, a poet sometimes and a blogger since March 2015. I travel when I can. Food is a constant.
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8 Responses to No Name Orchids

  1. paolsoren says:

    I somehow lost my link with you. Probably my fault for changing my blog name. But I was delighted to read your translation of the cicadas poem.

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  2. taphian says:

    These orchids are so beautiful, dear Mary. It’s really a big difference when they can grow outside in a suitable climate as if they grow at my window. I only have very few blossoms and yours are so full with beautiful flowers. Have a nice day, kind regards Mitza

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  3. “A rose by any other name……” Lovely photos, Mary

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  4. fyreglass says:

    They are beautiful! I am an avid gardener, but I have never tried to grow orchids. However, my sister-in-law came me one for Christmas this year – so we’ll see how well that goes!

    Your photos and translations are always lovely, BTW. Thank you for a wonderful read! Happy New Year!

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