What do you mean when you say its a hybrid?
(now I have to google and find a nice answer :
(Ahem.. google "Hybrid Orchid")
(there are practically 879,000 on them - OMG!!)
It all come to an understanding that there are two type of orchids: The Native & the Hybrid.
The native ones are those original ones that found in the wild, very often they are not sought after or cultivated because they are seasonal & sometimes unattractive.
Whereas Hybrids are basically where 2 types of orchid genes where mixed to created a better result in flowering compared to the parent plant. Thus the weaker gens were improved and that creates a new better hybrid. These are very much propagated for commercial value.
If you are very cautious about orchid the best orchid plant that I would suggest to get are those hybrid types. They are more resilient to weather, pest, lack of care and blooms freely and continuously.
I guess constant experiments were done many years to increase the stock, to increase the size and number of flowers, to change and improve the color of flowers, to improve the growth habits of the plant, and to throw strength into a weak line.
And so, you will find new unique names because of these hybrids.
These are Arachnis Orchids (meaning Spider Orchid) Also known as Scorpion orchids but because of they are hybrid I really can't make sure exactly what they are.
Regardless, I hope you enjoy these pictures and if you are an amateur like me who just love flowers and care less about their botanic names, I guess you can join me in getting these cheap orchids for a very good price.
These are sold in Orchid Garden in KL with flowers for RM15.00,
3 pots you can get for RM40.0
(I guess you can bargain for discount) and just the stalk without the flower cost RM5.00
I'm guessing the other two above is known as Aranda
(Mix of Arachnis & Vanda) but the plant stalk look exactly like the Arachnis.
How can you note the difference until the flower comes out?
These are RM5.00 per stalk
This one is known as Renanthera orchid. The difference is that they are smaller but have more blooms and have horizontal sprays on each stalk.
Arachnis & Renanthera are native here and can be found in South East Asia. I guess there are just too many botanic information about them that do not really interested me.
What interest me are those flowers, more blooms, longer blooms and constant new blooms in short intervals - wouldn't that be wonderful.
(Isn't Google wonderful too.. all these information at the finger tip, enough to know the basic of course)