Sunday, July 12, 2009

Pretty picture: Dendrobium NOIDs

It's been a while since I did anything with the Orchidaceae: this is mostly because I haven't been around very many lately. But, I went to my ex-job last week and got a few halfway decent pictures of some Dendrobiums. They had other orchids there, but for one reason or another they were all unsuitable for pictures, so here we are.

I don't have much of a comment about these; orchid flowers tend to speak for themselves (saying, "I'm awesome! You are so much less awesome than me! I out-awesome you in all key respects, plus a few incidental ones! You probably shouldn't even be looking directly at me, because of how awesome I am!"). I will say that I prefer the first one, with the violet-tipped white flowers, over the second, with its purple and orange net-patterned ones. This is not so much about the color and pattern as it is about the petal shape, I think. Though it has to be noted that the second picture is much, much better than the first.

No clue on the names of the particular varieties depicted here; holler if you know.


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Andrew said...

I'm pretty sure if I saw one like that first one I would be powerless to avoid bringing it home with me. Fortunately (?) we never get nice dendrobiums at work.

mr_subjunctive said...


I didn't pay any attention to the size of the pot, so I don't know for sure, but it was either $30 (4") or $55 (6"). Is it more resistable now?

Kenneth Moore said...

Totally resistable. Orchids are pretty, yes, but seem to be demanding and damned if I'll pay even $30 when I could buy many cubic feet of soil, pots, and seeds to grow my own veggies.

But I also like the first one better, in terms of appearance--to me, the odd mixture of purple and orange just looks like something that didn't set well in your stomach.

Andrew said...

I've spent $30 on less ;) (An Aerangis biloba that is probably years away from flowering size.)

$55 would be too much though for me right now.

Lance said...

They do tend to be somewhat snooty in their awesome-er than thou attitudes don't they.