Richmond, VA - Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens - Donna L. Watkins - The Nature In Us

Richmond, VA - Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens

Cattleya aka Corsage Orchid - Conservatory Garden - Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens - Richmond, VA
Rhyncholaeliocattleya, Frank Fordyce, 'Waiakea Uka' - This orchid was extremely popular as a cut flower in the United States in the 1950's yet its history dates back to the early 1800's when William Cattleya first bloomed this orchid in cultivation. Large fragrant blooms are the signature of this classic orchid. The color "orchid" comes from the color of many cattleya although the genus actually includes a wide variety of colors. The genus Cattleya is native to Central and South America.