Wild African Spotted orchid is known as Cymbidium orchidum. This class of orchid is widely found across the African continent as it is also found in Asia, North America and Australia. This plant orchid belongs to the family of Cattleyas, which includes all sorts of orchid species. This article details on certain African spotted orchid care and growth tips that you can follow for the maintenance and growth of these exotic plants.
African Spotted orchid (also known as Maculata or Umbellifera maxima) is a popular and highly popular group of orchid plants in South Africa and many other tropical regions of the world. They are also one of the oldest groups of orchid plants on the African continent, having been present since the Cambrian geological period (which is about 200 million years ago). This species occurs in different colors such as yellow, orange, red and brown, with varying tones of green and purple. They grow in a wide range of habitats such as roadsides, deserts, rocky areas and moist lands.
The most common species of African Spotted orchid is the Oeceoclastes maculata, which is native to the moist coastal areas of the Northern Cape province in South Africa. It has pale pinkish purple flowers that are up to three times the size of its leaves. In spite of being such a pretty looking flower, the African spotted orchid is one of the more difficult species to take care of and grow. They need an ideal habitat that is cool, wet and well drained. This species is an opportunist, which means it takes advantage of any kind of conditions that exist and is able to adapt to a variety of challenges.
The most common orchid plant found in the wild is the African Spotted Orchid (Oceoclades maculata). These plants are also known as the Cuban Cigarette Orchid. The reason for this name is that the flowers are actually small cigar like tobacco leaves. They are popularly used as astringents, although they are not considered as a suitable remedy for hemorrhoids.
Another African spotted orchid that you might want to consider is the Cuban Cigarette orchid (oxytlana pulchra). Like the Oceoclastes maculata, it too needs a humid and well drained environment. The leaves on this species have a long, spiraling shape. The flowers of this orchid also look like little cigar shaped leaves. The petals of this species are long and narrow, which makes them great for use as an eye shadow.
The third of our sample of wild orchids has been found growing in the wilds of Costa Rica. This species is called the Pseudocarpus santalinus. It is an attractive plant that is similar to true orchids. But when cultivated, the leaflets do not bear leaves but only grow up as a ball. These are known as pseudobulbs or false orchids.
There are many other species of these orchid plants that can be found growing wild in different parts of the United States and Canada. These include the false phlox, false Anemonellis, false Orchidiums, false Lagophthalmos, false Mylitta, false Paphiopedilum, and the deep green pseudobulbs or Cymbidiums. These plants come from the rainforests of Costa Rica, Panama, Venezuela, and Easter Island. They each have their own unique characteristics that help distinguish them from one another. But whatever the differences in the physical appearance of these orchids, all of them are stunning plants with exotic wild flower colors.
One of these exotic orchids growing wild in Florida is the false phlox. This species of orchid looks very much like a true orchid, except it has gray, blue or purple markings on its leaves. These patches are actually closer to stripes than they are spotted. This beautiful and exotic flower is one that you will not want to miss if you are ever in the mood for a striking and beautiful blooming flower.