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Odontoglossum (Odm.) Hybrid Anna-Clair

This orchid is an intergeneric hybrid.  Intergeneric orchids have parents of differing genus.  At least one parent of this hybrid was from a genus of approximately 175 species known as Odontoglossum orchids (abbreviation Odm.).  This group is found in the mountainous regions of South America in very wet rainforests at elevations of 1500 to 3500 meters (4,800 to 10,000 feet).  They grow in much cooler, almost cold, conditions than most tropical orchids.  Some of these plants can grow as either epiphyte (ep-a-FIT)s on the sides and branches of trees or as a terrestrial plant.  Whereas most orchids require at least a period of dryness, this genus requires  abundant water year-round.  Members of the Oncidinaea Tribe, which also includes Oncidiums, Brassia, Miltoniopsis and others, this very unusual orchid hybrid has thick blossoms that feel almost rubbery to the touch.  Large sprays often form several times a year, usually in the Fall for this hybrid, and last 4 to 6 weeks.  Each blossom is approximately 3 inches across.