Athens GA, 04.04.14 | selenographie
obligatory springtime pollen appreciation photo
Love’s Shadow (detail) vs Proud Maisie (detail) by Frederick Sandys (1829-1904)
oil on panel, 1867 and pencil and crayon on paper, 1868
The Cymbidium Kiwi Midnight ‘Geyserland,' is often called the Black Orchid, though it is not actually black. The Orchid is actually deep burgundy. Cymbidium is a genus of 52 evergreen species in the orchid family Orchidaceae. It was first described by Olof Swartz in 1799. The name is derived from the Greek word kumbos, meaning ‘hole, cavity’. It refers to the form of the base of the lip. The genus is abbreviated Cym in horticultural trade. This genus is distributed in tropical and subtropical Asia (such as northern India, China, Japan, Malaysia, the Philippines, and Borneo) and northern Australia. The larger flowered species from which the large flowered hybrids are derived grow at high altitudes.
(photo: Eric Hunt)