Botanical Name and Pronunciation:
x-Mokara spp. (mo-KAR-a)
Ladies’ fingers, Ladies’ tresses
red, gold, purple, pink, orange, yellow
Form and Size:
The stems of mokara orchids are long and wiry with 7 – 15 flowers. The flowers are star-shaped with 5 outer petals.
up to 14 days
Remove any leaves at the bottom of the stem, cut under water and place in fresh water with flower food.
History and Usage:
A member of the Orchidaceae (orchid) family, mokara orchids originated in Asia. The mokara orchid is a hybrid made up of arachnis, ascocentrum, and vanda. This exotic looking flower is beautiful in contemporary arrangements.
Points of Interest:
Relatives of mokara orchids include cymbidium, oncidium, paphiopedilum and cattleya orchids. In the 19th century, orchids became very popular and inspired many hunters to look for them. As many as 4,000 trees were cut down at one time in order to get the exotic looking blooms.