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The Unknown orchid- original watercolour painting

This is 6in x 8.5in approx 15cm x 20cm approx

I get this orchid to flower once every few years it is scented and rather strange; there is something of the night about it. I found it for sale in, of all places to buy interesting plants, ASDA( or Walmart in the UK for international readers)! I bought two to decorate the house I was selling, the other orchid, a pretty coral pink, died years ago. This one seems to manage on the benign neglect I bestow on the rather more common moth orchid. The painting is drawn at about life size.

I am too nerdy for my own good , of course it felt silly to own an orchid and not know its name….so I googled “maroon green and purple orchid” and came up with: Zygopetalum Louisendorf from the images or rather I picked up a slightly similar Zygopetalum and then regoogled it. Oh the joys of infinite information…or rather information tending to infinity.

Saw the wren today looking busy…something I should be!


  1. Susan Atkins
    April 30, 2012 at 1:54 pm

    Oh Dear Alison – ‘Something of the night’ such awful associations – and not something with which to saddle a harmless orchid – even/ especially one liberated from ASDA. Something more fey that images of Widdy and HIM please – Titania’s handmaidens or wee purple angels albeit with a surfeit of trailing wings . . . .

    • April 30, 2012 at 3:15 pm

      Something of an enchanted evening suit you better?

  2. May 2, 2012 at 10:25 am

    Beautiful 🙂

    • May 3, 2012 at 4:45 pm

      Thanks and doing the painting made me find out what its called …now just have to find out how to look after it!! Or even repot it scary stuff!

  3. Tim Rutherford
    August 12, 2012 at 7:17 am

    I came across this trying to do the same thing you had done – identify the orchid. Wonderful painting, very beautiful. Oh, and the repotting is not so difficult – I hope that by this posting you have managed it successfully!

    • August 12, 2012 at 10:28 am

      Thanks and yes I went to McBeans Orchids and got a huge bag of compost ( £4.50) which I have used for this orchid and another one which my mother has donated to me ( that one is in quarantine- it has scale insect )

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