August 21, 2011

Neofinetia falcata 'Gojyo Fukurin'

Neofineta falcata is a well known miniature orchid, both because of its lovely long-spurred flowers and because of its beautiful fragrance. It is another orchid that has been extensively interbred by the Japanese, producing many unusual (and expensive) varieties.

This variety is typical in size and leave shape but is known for its variegated foliage, green with creamy yellow margins.  It seems to have less scent also than the common variety of the species, but perhaps that is only my lack of ability to detect the scent.

It is native to Japan and is a part of the Vanda alliance though it is dwarfed by its larger cousins.  It has also been increasingly used in hybridizing with other members of the Vanda alliance to produce small plants with delicately colored flowers. 

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