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Oncidium - Dancing Lady Orchids

Oncidium are one of the largest and most popular cultivated orchid genera. Native to tropical and subtropical America, these orchids called Dancing Ladies or Butterfly orchids, usually produce long, branched, many-flowered, erect to arching inflorescences bearing small to fairly large flowers often in shades of yellow to brown, usually marked or blotched dark brown. They are mostly epiphytic orchids (growing on trees), forming clumps of ovoid to conical pseudobulbs, each with 1-3 mid-green, leathery leaves arising from the tips.

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Oncidium (Dancing Lady Orchids)

Oncidium is an incredibly large and diverse genus of about 300 orchids species distributed throughout tropical and subtropical America. These orchids have been nicknamed the Dancing Lady Orchids because their flowers resemble a small dancer with a colorful skirt. Relatively trouble free, these orchids are attractive plants for the home or greenhouse. They are sometimes described as difficult to grow. However, with proper care, it is possible to grow them relatively easily.

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Oncidium cheirophorum (Hand Carrying Oncidium)

Oncidium cheirophorum (Hand Carrying Oncidium) is a miniature, epiphytic orchid boasting erect to arching inflorescences, up to 12 in. long (30 cm), crowded with lemon scented, bright yellow, waxy flowers. Blooming in the fall and winter, the small blossoms, 1/2 in. across (1 cm), arise from a small, conical to almost round pseudobulb with 1 or 2 thin, elliptic-lanceolate leaves.

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Oncidium hastilabium (Lance-Head Lip Oncidium)

Oncidium hastilabium (Lance-Head Lip Oncidium) is a creeping epiphytic orchid boasting erect to arching inflorescences, up to 5 ft. long (150 cm), bearing numerous fragrant, long-lasting flowers. Blooming in the late spring through fall, the large star-shaped blossoms, 3 in. across (7 cm), feature pale green petals and sepals barred with dark-red or purple lines.

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Oncidium Jungle Monarch gx (Dancing Lady Orchid)

Prized for its sweet fragrance, Oncidium Jungle Monarch gx (Dancing Lady Orchid) is an evergreen, epiphytic orchid boasting upright spikes bearing abundant pale greenish-yellow flowers, 2 in. across (5 cm), overlaid with mahogany patterns and adorned with a white and red lip. The flowers last a month or two, and an established plant can display up to 20 blossoms.

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Oncidium lanceanum (Lance's Trichocentrum)

Oncidium lanceanum (Lance's Trichocentrum) is an epiphytic orchid boasting pretty racemes of 10-12 magnificent, very fragrant waxy flowers. Blooming in the spring, summer and fall, the long-lasting blossoms, 2.5 in. across (6 cm), are yellow splotched with chocolate or purple-brown dots and adorned with a long purple lip.

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Oncidium Sharry Baby gx (Dancing Lady Orchid)

Prized for its irresistible fragrance, Oncidium Sharry Baby gx (Dancing Lady Orchid) is an evergreen, epiphytic orchid boasting branching spikes, up to 30 in. long (75 cm), bearing over 100 deep-red flowers with white tips. Their incredible fragrance has been compared to chocolate or vanilla. Blooming often more than once a year, if grown under the right conditions.

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Oncidium Twinkle gx (Dancing Lady Orchid)

Noted for its profuse flowering, Oncidium Twinkle gx (Dancing Lady Orchid) is a wonderful orchid with branching sprays laden with abundant, creamy-white flowers, each with a small, orange-yellow eye. Sweetly fragrant, the miniature blossoms emit the scent of vanilla when blooming. They appear in such great numbers that they create a charming cloud of butterfly orchids above the foliage of fresh green, strap-shaped leaves.

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