Welcome to Today’s Flowers! These pictures (except the last one) were taken at a resort not too far away from our city. The occasion was a birthday celebration for two friends’ sons and we all had a great time. And the added bonus? The sprawling grounds of the property with its ponds, flowering trees, and many ornamentals are a nature lover’s dream destination. Several trees there were covered with epiphytes. The first three photos show the Two-coloured Cymbidium/Cymbidium bicolor.
Two-Colored Cymbidium is an epiphytic orchid, found in NE India and SE Asia, at elevations of 800-1100 m. It The plant has ellipsoid, laterally compressed pseudobulbs carrying thick leathery strap-shaped leaves. The thick leaves store water and can tolerate drought and direct sunlight. The plant blooms in the spring and summer on a 2.5 ft long, raceme-like scape that can be arched or hanging, with up to 26, fragrant flowers. Flowers have brown scarious basal sheaths. This species likes even year round conditions that are humid, warm and with regular fertilizer. Source.
A Queens Crépe Myrtle tree in the property had the Cylindrical Vanda/Papilionanthe teres in bloom, well, in the latter stages of bloom. It was high up and I hadn’t taken my 20x zoom camera so I got these blurry shots. But below is another shot I had taken in April of the same orchid at the Assam State Zoo And Botanical Garden. This is an epiphyte native to India, Nepal and adjacent areas.
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