Botanical Name and Pronunciation:
Oncidium spp. (on-SID-ee-um)
yellow, speckled with orange, red, brown
Form and Size:
The stems of oncidium orchids are up to 24 inches long with many tiny flowers. The flowers are a ½ inch in diameter.
10 – 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, oncidium orchids originated in the tropical parts of America. These blossoms look beautiful in bridal bouquets and corsages as a single bloom, or in large vase arrangements and other contemporary arrangements as a full stem.
Points of Interest:
Relatives of oncidium orchids include cymbidium, cattleya, paphiopedilum and phalaenopsis 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.