Laelia sp.: simply beautiful Orchid :-)

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Laelia, abbreviated L. in the horticultural trade, is a small genus of 25 species from the orchid family [Orchidaceae].

Laelia species are found in the subtropical or temperate climate of Central America, but mostly in Mexico. Some Laelia sps like a high-elevation plant, preferring sunny, dry and cool conditions and some  grow in the rain forest with a warm, humid summer and a dry cool winter.

Laelia species readily form hybrids within the genus, and with other genera, including Cattleya, Brassavola, and Rhyncholaelia.

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Source: Wikipedia

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Paphiopedilum malipoense: Jade Slipper Orchid

Paphiopedilum malipoense, is a species of orchid commonly known as the Jade Slipper Orchid. This plant grows in intermediate to cool conditions. Its flowers have a raspberry fragrance.

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Paphiopedilum malipoense is found in northern Vietnam and southern China at the elevation of 570 to 1600 meters. It is found growing on limestone cliffs with leaf litter. The area where this plant is found is subjected to heavy fog in the winter and rain in the early spring and summer.

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Paphiopedilum

Paphiopedilum is a genus of the Lady slipper orchid subfamily Cypripedioideae of the flowering plant family Orchidaceae. The genus comprises some 80 accepted taxa including several natural hybrids. The genus is native to Indo-Malesia [South China, Southeast Asia and the Pacific Islands] and India.

The species and their hybrids are extensively cultivated, and are known as either paphiopedilums, or by the abbreviation paphs in horticulture.

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Source: Wikipedia

Phalaenopsis stuartiana: Moth Orchid

Phalaenopsis stuartiana is a species of orchid endemic to the island of Mindanao, Philippines.

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Phalaenopsis sp.: Moth orchids

The genus name Phalaenopsis is from two Greek words : “Phalaena” and “Opsis”, meaning “moth-likeness”.  This orchid genus consist of approximately 60 species.

Phalaenopsis are native to Southeast Asia, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines and Northern Australia. Most Phalaenopsis are epiphytes, meaning they grow in trees, but a few are lithophytes, meaning they attach themselves to the surface of rocks.

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Source: Wikipedia

Oncidium: Dancing Lady Orchids

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^ Oncidium ‘Red Mini’.

Oncidium [abbreviated Onc.] can grow in a variety of habitats from high elevations to the tropics. They can be epiphytic [tree growing] or terrestrial, and the genus includes 330 of species.

Its name is derived from the Greek word “onkos”, meaning “swelling”. This refers to the callus at the lower lip.

The flowers of the Oncidium genus come in shades of yellow, red, white and pink. The petals are often ruffled on the edges, as is the enormous lip.

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Source: Wikipedia

Verbena officinalis: Common Vervain

Verbena officinalis, the Common Vervain or Common Verbena, is a perennial herb native to Europe. It grows up to a meter/yard high, with an upright habitus. The lobed leaves are toothed, the delicate spikes hold mauve flowers.

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Some species of Verbena are valued in butterfly gardening in suitable climates, attracting Lepidoptera such as the Hummingbird hawk-moth, Chocolate albatross, or the Pipevine swallowtail, and also hummingbirds, especially Verbena officinalis, which is also grown as a honey plant.

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Source: Wikipedia

Tulipa greigii

From Tulipmania, the largest tulip-themed floral show ever to be held in Singapore. May 09 – 20, 2013, 9am-9pm @ Flower DomeGardens by the BaySingapore.

Greigii Tulips were developed from the Tulipa greigii species, which is native to Turkestan.

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Greigii Tulips are fairly short, but the blooms are very large in proportion to the plant as a whole. They come in very bright colors, like red and yellow, and the flowers open wide in full sun, creating cup-shaped blooms that can be more than 5″ in diameter when fully open.

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Tulipa sp.: Tulip

The tulip is a perennial, bulbous plant with showy flowers in the genus Tulipa, of which up to 109 species have been described and which belongs to the family Liliaceae. The genus’s native range extends from as far west as Southern EuropeAnatolia,  North Africa to the Northwest of China.

Tulips are spring-blooming perennials that grow from bulbs.  Tulips are indigenous to mountainous areas with temperate climates and need a period of cool dormancy, known as vernalization. They thrive in climates with long, cool springs and dry summers.

A number of species and many hybrid cultivars are grown in gardens, as potted plants, or to be displayed as fresh-cut flowers. Most cultivars of tulip are derived from Tulipa gesneriana.

Although tulips are often associated with the Netherlands, commercial cultivation of the flower began in the Ottoman Empire.

In Persia, to give a red tulip was to declare your love. The black center of the red tulip was said to represent the lover’s heart, burned to a coal by love’s passion. To give a yellow tulip was to declare your love hopelessly and utterly.

Photos: Flower DomeGardens by the BaySingapore 20130516

Source: Wikipedia

Parrot Tulips

From Tulipmania, the largest tulip-themed floral show ever to be held in Singapore. May 09 – 20, 2013, 9am-9pm @ Flower DomeGardens by the BaySingapore.

Parrot Tulips have petals that are feathered, curled, twisted, or waved. Besides this, the flowers are very large and brightly colored. Therefore, Parrot Tulips are extremely flamboyant.

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^ Bright Parrot Tulip

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^ And, here’s a delightfully feminine cultivar, Tulipa ‘Parrot Lady’.

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Tulipa sp.: Tulip

The tulip is a perennial, bulbous plant with showy flowers in the genus Tulipa, of which up to 109 species have been described and which belongs to the family Liliaceae. The genus’s native range extends from as far west as Southern EuropeAnatolia,  North Africa to the Northwest of China.

Tulips are spring-blooming perennials that grow from bulbs.  Tulips are indigenous to mountainous areas with temperate climates and need a period of cool dormancy, known as vernalization. They thrive in climates with long, cool springs and dry summers.

A number of species and many hybrid cultivars are grown in gardens, as potted plants, or to be displayed as fresh-cut flowers. Most cultivars of tulip are derived from Tulipa gesneriana.

Although tulips are often associated with the Netherlands, commercial cultivation of the flower began in the Ottoman Empire.

In Persia, to give a red tulip was to declare your love. The black center of the red tulip was said to represent the lover’s heart, burned to a coal by love’s passion. To give a yellow tulip was to declare your love hopelessly and utterly.

Photos: Flower DomeGardens by the BaySingapore 20130516

Source: Wikipedia