“Many collectors died in process of searching for new species, and despite persistent reports that the men died from drowning, gunshot and knife wounds, snakebite, trampling by cattle, or blows in the head with blunt instruments, it is generally accepted that in each case the primary cause of death was orchid fever.”
Sharing some of my bloomers 🙂
Psy. Mariposa is called the Butterfly Orchid, because to many, it resembles a butterfly, but to me I see a Japanese Samurai Warrior. I like my interpretation better 🙂
The spike continues to lengthen with each bloom, which lasts about 1-2 months. When the bloom falls off, another begins to develop. The spike on this one is 27 inches.
Most of my orchids are in their growth phase, but I expect lots of blooms in the fall and winter months. I guess I have a touch of ‘orchid fever’ 🙂