Perhaps no other group of orchids can compete with the Oncidium Alliance; nowhere else will you find flowers of red, yellow, pink, brown, white, green - often mingled in the same flower - and sometimes also pastels. These splendid flowers, often as exciting as fireworks, come in a variety of shades and fine patterns nicely arranged on inflorescences that sometime branch. There are star-shaped flowers, round-and-full flowers, as well as anything in between, presented on arching or Christmas-tree-like inflorescences or just as a single flower at the tip of the inflorescence as in Psychopsis. There are tiger orchids, butterfly orchids, dancing-lady orchids, and spider orchids, as well as bumblebee orchids. Hailing from an enormous geographical distribution from Mexico to Brazil and Argentina and the Caribbean islands and from sea level to high in the Andes Mountains, there are species and hybrids for every greenhouse or windowsill – you will find plants for cool, temperate and warm-growing conditions.
Our Oncidium Alliance supplement, in complement with the October issue of Orchids magazine, brings together at your fingertips and incredible wealth of information (and photographs) on these plants - from Rhynchostele to Rossioglossum and Psychopsis, to the development of today's yellow odontoglossum-type oncidiums and the development of today's pot-plant oncidium hybrids. Are you confused by the difference between real miltonias and miltoniopsis? Not after you read our October magazine issue where they are both presented side-by-side for comparison. Butterfly orchids (Psychopsis) or equitant oncidiums (Tolumnia) fascinate you but you know nothing about them? There are articles for you as well.
Articles in this issue include:
A Short History of Oncidium Breeding by Norbert Dank
Brassia Aurantiaca by Norbert Dank
Moir's Weeds by Anita Aldrich
On the Road to the Sun by Russ Vernon
Oncidium Leucochilum by Norbert Dank
Oncidium Stacyi by Robert Fuchs
Oncidium Tigrinum by Jean Allen-Ikeson
Oncostele Wildcat by Jordan Hardy
Psychopsis by James Heilig, PhD
Reflections of a Hybridizer by James McCully
Rhynchostele by Norbert Dank and Steven K. Beckendorf
Rossioglossum by Norbert Dank
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