Orchid Oncidium kramerianum

Orchid Oncidium kramerianum

The “Physionomy of vegetation is on the whole larger under the equator, Majesty and diversity, than in the temperate zone. The waxy sheen of the leaves is more beautiful there, the tissue of the parenchyma looser, more tender and juicy. Colossal trees are forever adorned with larger ones, more multicolored, more fragrant flowers, than ours low, herbaceous perennials. Old trunks charred by light are with fresh arbor of the paull lines, offended with pothos and orchids, whose flowers often imitate the shape and plumage of the colibri, …”

The similarity of some orchid flowers to animals, as the well-traveled Alexander v. Humboldt in his "Ideas on the Geography of Plants" suggests, has even led to it in some cases, them by name like fly (Ophrys insectifera), Hummel (O.fuciflora), bee (O.apifera), spider (O.sphegodes, Caladenia), Lizard head (Bulbophyllum saurocephalum) or swans- (Cycnoches) and pigeon orchid (Peristeria elata) occupy.

In Oncidium kramerianum we now have a vegetable butterfly in front of us, in which a sepalum and two inner petals imitate the proboscis and antennae of this insect. This reinforces the impression of a floating butterfly, that the lonely, colorful blooms for a long time, slim, leafless stem rises above the leafy parts of the epiphytic plant. It would be a shame, to cut off such a "stalked butterfly" as a vase ornament, because over the years, new "butterfly blossoms" appear one after the other on this apparently single-flowered inflorescence.

O. kramerianum is an element of the Colombian-Ecuadorian flora. The related O.papilio can be found in Venezuela and Trinidad.

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