Thursday, April 12, 2012

Pretty pictures: Epidendrum Rose Valley 'Caribbean Dream'

The orchid show had two different-looking plants that were both identified as Epidendrum Rose Valley 'Caribbean Dream,' which was confusing. One is the one shown here:


And the other [EDIT: NOT SHOWN IN THIS POST] was the same shape and size, but the flowers were orange-red instead of pink.


Both colors show up in a Google search, so it could be that there's a pink form and a red form of the same flower. Which would be strange, but it's hardly the strangest thing I've ever heard of from the orchid world.

(The orange-red version gets its own post, but that's scheduled for December.)


7 comments:

Ginny Burton said...

Alas, on my monitor the colors are identical.

Chris said...

Hmmm, those colors look exactly the same to my eyes. I don't see any red or orange in the second pic, just pink in both. This is one of those times that makes me wonder if I'm a little bit color blind. Is there really another color there?

mr_subjunctive said...

Ginny Burton & Chris:

These pictures are both the pink version; the December post is the one that will have the red-orange version. Nobody's going color-blind: I apparently just didn't write clearly.

phytophilia said...

If they're both named "Caribbean Dream" that means they're the same cultivar, i.e. they are genetically identical. Although the flowers in some other genera will change color depending on how long they've been open, to my knowledge this doesn't happen in Epidendrum. It must be a labeling issue.

Tom said...

Epidendrum make me swoon. My guess is one of them is probably a sport of the original and just got passed along until suddenly there were a lot of both. Maybe?

Anonymous said...

We got a whole load of those Epi.s in at work. All of them have 'Valley' and 'Dream' in their name. For example: Peach Valley 'Tangerine Dream'. Mostly pink, red, purple and orange, but there were a couple of yellow in the mix that didn't have a name tag. I'm considering just making some shit up, like Sunshine Valley 'Saffron Dream'. I think it has a nice ring to it. This whole name thing is a massive joke - I know this for a fact. I once made up a bogus name for a NOID Odontoglossum hybrid and spotted the same plant at the Orchid show a week later with a 2nd place ribbon proudly displayed beside the bullshit name I came up with.

Garden Broad said...

Those blooms look a lot like the fringed polygala in my yard every summer.