Brooklyn Orchids

Unfortunate Orchid Names: 2nd Edition

There were a lot of amused comments from readers on my blog post 10 Unfortunate Orchid Names, so I decided that a second edition was in order. Orchids have all sorts of crazy names and so many of them take my mind straight back to the gutter…I just can’t help it! For your perverse pleasure, here is a list of 20 more unfortunate orchid names…

1. The word ‘orchid‘ itself comes from the Greek word ‘orchis’, which means testicle. If you take a look at the roots on the genus Orchis, it’s crystal clear where the name came from:

Photo credit: Wikimedia Commons

2. Bulbophyllum vaginatum

Photo credit: wikimedia.org

3. Paphiopedilum supersuk

Photo Credit: Eric in SF, Flickr

5. Phalaenopsis Super Stupid — clearly, someone was having a bad day when they named this one.

Photo credit: woonleng.com

6. Cymbidium Nip – the photo below is a hybrid called Strathdon ‘Cooksbridge Fantasy’, a cross of Cymbidium Nip x Cymbidium Kurun.

Photo Credit: Eric in SF, Flickr

7. Masdevallia hymenantha

Photo credit: Polylepis, Flickr

8. Masdevallia coccinea

 

 

9. Paraphalaenopsis laycockii

Photo credit: cosmos.cool.ne.jp

And a few unfortunate orchid names brought to my attention from commenter Bill of Species Specific:

10. Acianthus fornicatus

Photo credit: centrosome.org

11. Anacamptis × lesbiensis

Photo credit: orchidspecies.com

12. Angraecum erectum

Photo credit: bilder.orchideen-bilder.de

13. Angraecum superbum

Photo credit: orchidphotos.org

14. Coelogyne cumingii

Photo credit: aaorchids.com

I couldn’t find images for a few unfortunate orchid hybrid names that I saw in back issues of Orchids Magazine, but I just have to share them anyway:

15. Doritaenopsis Bavarian Surprise (sounds like something you’d see at a German sex show)

16. Doritaenopsis Struber Herz Ass (um…what?)

17. Phalaenopsis petit bois (“petis bois” means “little wood” in French)

18. Cymbidium putana (“putana” means “prostitute” in Italian)

19. Miltonidium cojones (“cojones” means “balls” in Spanish)

20. Paphiopedilum flasher (do I even need to explain this one?)

Do you know of any more unfortunate orchid names? If so, let me know in the comments and I’ll credit you in the inevitable next edition!

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