1 The Orchid Show is held in NYBG's elegant Enid A. Haupt Conservatory every year. As the nation's largest Victorian glasshouse, it is among the grandest indoor spaces in the world.
2 Originally constructed in 1902, the steel and glass Conservatory includes a 90-foot tall domed Palm Gallery and 10 attached glasshouse galleries.
3 This year, the theme is "Orchidelirium".
4 It explores Victorian orchid mania and its impact on the world of horticulture.
5 This is a beautiful display of mixed hybrid Phalaenopsis orchids at the Reflecting Pool of the Conservatory's Palm Dome.
6 Phalaenopsis, also known as moth orchids, is an orchid genus of about 60-species. Phal, in the horticultural trade, is one of the most popular orchids because of the development of so many mixed hybrids.
7 There are tens of thousands of plants to see. Phalaenopsis orchids thrive in warm temperatures and moderate light.
8 Here are more mixed hybrids of the Phalaenopsis orchid - they come in an array of beautiful colors.
9 The yellow flowers are Oncidium orchids and the pink, white and red are Miltoniopsis orchids.
10 These are also Oncidium orchids. Most orchids in this species are epiphytes and usually occur in seasonally dry areas. They are widespread in northern Mexico, and some parts of South Florida to South America.
11 This is a mix of Dendrobium orchid hybrids. Dendrobium is a huge genus of orchids containing about 1200 species. The name is from the Greek dendron for "tree" and bios meaning "life"; it means "one who lives on trees", or, essentially, "epiphyte".
12 This is a collection of Vanda orchids, also hybrids. These orchids are highly prized for their showy, fragrant, long lasting, and widely colorful flowers.
13 Vanda orchids can be harder to grow at home because they need hot, steamy conditions, with plenty of light and water.
14 This is Cordyline 'Pink Diamond' - a perennial plant that provides beautiful year-round foliage and color.
15 Oncostele Catatante "Pacific Sunspots' is a cross between Oncidium Sphacetante and Oncostele Wildcat, and has long cascading wands of orange-yellow blooms.
16 The Orchid Show displays exceptional orchid species from around the world - every corner was filled with stunning specimens.
17 Miltonidium Carnivale 'Rio'
18 Dendrochilum orchids produce miniature, fragrant star-shaped flowers that are usually in two rows on arching racemes that can grow quite long.
19 This is a Wardian Case filled with various orchids. It is named after English doctor, Nathaniel Bashaw Ward, who invented the first terrarium.
20 Phalaenopsis 'Green Apple' has yellow to chartreuse colored flowers - so beautiful.
21 Brascidostele Gilded Tower ‘Mystic Maze’ is another beautiful cross between two orchids - Brassostele Summit and Brassidium Gilded Urchin.
22 And, this is Burrageara Sunkissed 'Buttercup'.
23 Lycaste Red Jewel produces three to four inch flowers that are very heavily textured, with a slight and delicate sweet fragrance.
24 This is a Cattleya orchid, also known as the "corsage orchid". Most Cattleyas and their relatives are easy to grow in good light, with day temperatures between 70-degrees Fahrenheit and 85-degrees Fahrenheit.
25 Paphiopedilums are often called "slipper orchids" because of their unique pouches. They are easily grown as houseplants.
26 This is Cattlianthe Trick or Treat x Fuchs Orange Nugget - such a vibrant shade of orange.
27 Another bold orange crossbred specimen - the Rhyncattleanthe Fuchs Orange Nugget 'Lea'.
28 This is Zygonisia Cynosure 'Blue Bird'.
29 Pink Lantern Medinilla magnifica is actually not an orchid, but an epiphytic shrub native to the Philippines. Its small pink flowers and leathery dark green leaves are striking.
30 These are various orchids in the colors of pink, white and yellow.
31 Orchidaceae is a diverse family of flowering plants with blooms that are both colorful and fragrant.
32 This is Cattleya Little Oliver.
33 Here is a stunning display of Cymbidium orchids on the bottom and a mix of Phalaenopsis orchids on the wall.
34 These are white Phalaenopsis hybrids.
35 Asplenium nidus is an epiphytic species of fern. I am a big fan of ferns and caught sight of this right away - so pretty.
36 A white Paphiopedilum orchid
37 And, a pink Cymbidium
38 This is a mix on the "mountain" – mostly of Phalaenopsis orchids.
39 The Bat Flower, Tacca chantrieri, belongs to the yam family, not the orchid family. It has many small black flowers framed by large bracts similar to the outstretched wings of a bat.
40 Dendrobium orchids
41 More Paphioledilum orchid hybrids
42 This is Paphiopedium Barbara Glancy.
43 Oncidopsis 'Pauls Pride'
44 And more Phalaenopsis orchids
45 Vanda orchids
46 Oncidium Volcano Midnight 'Volcano Queen'
47 Here is a collection of mixed Miltoniopis orchid hybrids.
48 Paphiopedilum - can you see the slippers?
49 Platycerium sp., or staghorn fern. These plants make two types of fronds - the shield, or sterile fronds, that wrap around the tree or rock where it is growing, and the normal or fertile fronds which grow out from the buds.
50 Strongylodon macrobotrys, commonly known as jade vine, emerald vine or turquoise jade vine, is a species of leguminous perennial woody vine, a native of the tropical forests of the Philippines, with stems that can reach up to 60-feet in length.
51 The plant typically grows beside streams in damp forests. It is prized in tropical and subtropical gardens for its showy foliage and unusual colored flowers.
52 The plant has claw-shaped flowers that are carried in pendant trusses of about 75 or more. I love the turquoise color.
53 Here I am holding the long vine of the Strongylodon macrobotrys. The Orchid Show is tons of fun.