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Found in southern california. What's this thorny tree?
Tall (2m+) flowers
Zone 9B, South FL
Some kind of weed, like clover but not quite
I can't find it on my app.
Beautiful orchids. Sorry for whatever you may be going through 💜💙💚
Yeah they look like dyed dendrobiums! Normally they'd be a pink and white.
Specifically Dendrobiums from the section Phalaenanthes. Often confusingly called Den Phals or Dendrobium phalaenopsis for the species used to make most of the hybrids used in cultivation. I say confusingly because Dendrobium phalaenopsis are NOT closely related to the genus Phalaenopsis(the orchids you see at the grocery store) but is named as such due to the visual similarities of their flowers (the vegetative parts of Dendrobium look wildly different than those of Phalaenopsis).
Come on down to r/orchids for more of my ramblings
Dendrobium orchids dyed blue
I don’t know why it’s so common to dye these weird colors. I feel like I don’t see phalaenopsis dyed often at all.
The genetics of these plants don't allow them to produce blue pigment, but blue flowers are very marketable. In fact, a lot of plants just don't make blue pigments. Breeders have been having a hell of a time producing blue tulips, blue roses, and plenty of other blue plants, but the truth is, there are very few plants that produce blue pigment.
As for Phals, it's been difficult to make them produce any color besides white, pink, purple, and (very washed- out) yellow. It's actually quite common to dye live plants for the houseplant trade. Phals can be dyed any color, but typically, they are dyed orange, blue, or green.
Thanks for that awesome breakdown. Im just a guy with a Chefflera who's kinda into plants, and it's comments like these that just bring that natural intrigue I'm after.
Since you are knowledgeable, I have a question. If the initial flower is dyed, once that flower stalk passes on will the next one it produces also be dyed? Just curious
No, the dye does not get into the next bloom cycle. In most dyed flowers, the next blooms will be white.
It's like dyeing your hair. Your hair will grow out with its natural pigment, not the pigment of the dye, because your body can't make the dye's pigment.
I don't think they produce enough pigment to do anything but chicory flowers are my all-time favoritest flower :) Every time I pass some I crow out 'blue flowers! blue flowers!' - - it makes me so happy to see them.
I see where you're coming from.
I don’t like dendrobiums dyed but I love phalaenopsis orchids dyed pastel pinks and blues. They’re stunning
UK supermarkets are always selling dyed phals. Often I see them more than natural ones.
I just love this colour combination.
I'm not big on painting or dying a living plant, but I think a cut flower is fair game. Just sometimes, for a bit of fun.
Fun to do it yourself, too!
I always see dyed phalaenopsis, I like the natural colors better. You cant improve on nature.
This. Source: Am a florist.
Orchids....definitely dyed - if you look at one of the stems you can see the blue dye
I love these flowers. I remember as a kid when my grandfather passed away these were the flowers in he’s hospital room and strangely I don’t associate these with a sad time as I remember looking at them and thinking they were incredibly beautiful. Strange how the mind works at times.
Thank you all for the responses ❤️ once again this sub is so impressive.
Also called Singapore orchids 😊
In Australia these are often sold as Singapore orchids since that's where they're grown and imported from.
Sorry for your loss.
Im sorry for your loss
Orchids do not have an odor.
Some of them do! Once had an orchid that smelled like chocolate! Cattleya orchids have an amazing scent too
I've only actually smelled the ones we get at my office. My boss pays for an "orchid of the month" service so we get a new one every month! One of our big clients is an orchid gardener and has a nursery specializing in them. I have yet to see one that smells in any way. Nice to know there are some!
This is so wrong! Many of them do have amazing fragrance. I think the reason people think they don't have fragrance is that many times the fragrance only emits at certain times of the day. My brassias filled the house with their wonderful scent but only around 2pm to about 4pm iirc. Others are morning or evening. And there are some the smell foul as well, like manure, because they are pollinated by flies. But there are definitely plenty of scented orchids.
I have different orchids delivered to my office every month from an orchid nursery. None of them have ever smelled at any time of the day. It's pretty common knowledge that most common orchid varieties do not smell except in the very beginning when the bloom is brand new and it's very, faint at that. So no, I'm not "So Wrong!" I am referring to common orchid varieties, not the exotic kinds so I am only going by my own experience.
I read about your office delivery after I wrote that. Sorry I didn't mean to come off snotty like that. I live in Hawaii so what is common to me may be exotic else where and there are several very fragrant varieties that are almost like weedy houseplants here. Sherry Baby being the number one I think. Smells chocolatey. I also wonder if being in an air conditioned office environment affects their fragrance. And I think some of the more popular types, especially like the big Phalonopsis most typically are not fragrant you're right. But I have even run into one of those that had a minty smell to it. Not common at all and was probably an older variety that is not so available now. The only reason I said it was so wrong is that there really are many many fragrant orchid choices but I think breeding and then sales are more towards size and color and less often for scent. Once again, sorry! I didn't mean to come off like an orchid snob.
I also apologize for being stubborn! I was basically referring to Phalaenopsis varieties. There are other kinds that do have smell and even smell bad like you mentioned, but to me, those are exotic! I have never seen any of those in person. I imagine that a lot of plants are common to you in Hawaii and to me they are exotic in NE Pennsylvania! Hahaha! Lucky you! When I visit my aunt in Florida my very favorite part is walking around and seeing all of the weird and unique plants and flowers I'm not used to seeing, I am fascinated by them.
Hi! Yes I think both the Phals and maybe the Dendrobiums might not have many fragrant choices. I wish I could remember more of the names of the ones that do. If you have a big orchid nursery nearby it might be fun just to wander around there if you can. Then you might have a chance to see the more unusual ones. I love nursery visits! Or maybe when you're in Florida, that would be a treat! It's funny that you say that about the difference in plants between Pennsylvania and Hawaii. I know someone in upper state New York and I love when she sends garden pictures. So different than here!
They’re called ‘blue bombs’