Identifying orchids

Fact: There are 25 000 species of orchid, of which, 466 indigenous species are found in South Africa

The most common indoor types found in South Africa, and which are mostly suited to every South African region, include:

Cymbidiums – winter flowering (from June to September), known for their amazing colour and presentation

Phalaenopsis – most popular orchid and flowers throughout the year

Oncidium – flowers throughout the year and its distinguishing characteristic is its forest-like blooms

Cattleyas – known for their lovely scent, flower unpredictably

Vanda – flower throughout the year and are known for their air roots and stunning colours

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