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Winter Orchids: Gilded Tower 'Mystic Maze'

Bnfd. Gilded Tower 'Mystic Maze' 1, color

Brascidostele Gilded Tower 'Mystic Maze'

Given that the daytime temperature is in the low 20's (F) and it feels every bit like winter here in Maryland, I take great delight in having orchids in bloom at this time of the year. One variety that I am especially proud of is Brascidostele Gilded Tower 'Mystic Maze'. It is one serious hybrid, having been derived from plants in the genera Ada, Brassia and Odontoglossum, all of which are members of the larger Oncidium group of South American orchids. Those of you familiar with orchid species may be able to detect some of the Brassia "spider orchid" traits in this hybrid's flowers, which, while pretty, do not have a fragrance.

The flower spike has an inflorescence that is ca. 2 ½’ tall, with 11 flowers currently in bloom and 3 or 4 additional buds.  The flowers are 2 ½” – 3” across and 4” – 4 ½” tall, making for one gorgeous display.

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Hi! I'm a retired university professor,  an avid photographer, musician, orchid grower, and a pretty good fisherman.

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