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Name: Deb
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Bonehead
Dec 20, 2017 12:03 PM CST
I've been rather inundated with orchid photos on my home page lately. So, I came over here and looked through a few of the threads that are focused on photos. What diversity - to me, they range from being totally creepy looking (ones that resemble spiders or space aliens) to absolutely gorgeous. Fun to look at.
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Name: Carol
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ctcarol
Dec 20, 2017 12:48 PM CST
One of the largest plant families on the planet that grow on every continent except Antarctica, I'm told.
Name: Deb
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Bonehead
Dec 20, 2017 12:56 PM CST
Who would have thought? They always just look tortured to me, but that would be the ones at the grocery store stuck in some ungodly color of water to change their bloom color. I pat them on the head and offer condolences.
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Name: Carol
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ctcarol
Dec 20, 2017 12:59 PM CST
We all look the other way when we encounter those.
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Australis
Dec 21, 2017 6:20 AM CST

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ctcarol said:One of the largest plant families on the planet that grow on every continent except Antarctica, I'm told.


Indeed. In fact, it's the largest flowering plant family. There's some 800+ natural genera composed of 20,000+ species and well over a thousand hybrid genera (which keep changing as species get reclassified). There is incredible variety across the family, from tiny little plants that would fit in a coffee cup up to gigantic plants weighing several tonnes (Grammatophyllum speciosum comes to mind...).
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Name: Elaine
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dyzzypyxxy
Dec 21, 2017 6:11 PM CST
Just wanted to confirm your observations, Deb. Orchids come in all shapes and sizes. We saw this one on a visit to Selby Gardens a few years ago, and I took this picture of Jim standing beside it so we could send it to another collector with the caption "we think you need one of these little Bulbophyllums"

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Ted5310
Dec 22, 2017 12:33 PM CST
Nice. Interesting that there is the same orchid here at the Huntington
Name: Deb
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Bonehead
Dec 22, 2017 12:40 PM CST
So obviously the title to this thread is grossly incorrect (!) Sorry about that. I think of orchids as a single stem with small oddly shaped flowers, mostly with an unpleasant (to me) scent.
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Name: Elaine
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dyzzypyxxy
Dec 22, 2017 1:50 PM CST
Yeah, there are lots of little ones like you describe, Deb. But there are monsters too. The Grammatophyllum that someone mentioned above get absolutely humungous - one botanical garden somewhere has one that is over 20ft. across and takes a crane to move it.

Jim and I also saw this regular Oncidium "dancing ladies" plant that just barely fit inside the bed of a pickup truck, a while back. (these ones don't have any fragrance, btw) As for the fragrance, some smell great and others smell like you've been burying the dead in the pots . . .

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Name: Deb
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Bonehead
Dec 22, 2017 2:51 PM CST
dyzzypyxxy said:As for the fragrance, some smell great and others smell like you've been burying the dead in the pots . . .

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Ha ha! When I went into the orchid room at the NW Flower & Garden Show, the whole place smelled like old gym socks to me. But, there are a lot of flowers (lilies come to mind) that are best viewed out of doors or at least not in groups, otherwise the cloying fragrance can knock you out. Some folks can't abide lilacs inside, which I find absolutely delightful. Yet I get no scent whatsoever from sarcococca which to most folks is a real head turner. I guess we all have different olfactory senses.
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