Right now, the Indian festival of lights known as Diwali is taking place, so in honor of Diwali I’m featuring an orchid that is native to India: Aerides Maculosum. It’s also known as the Cat’s Tail, Fox Tail or Fox Brush orchid. It’s a tropical epiphyte within the Vandaceous Alliance. I LOVE Vandas, so it’s no wonder I was attracted to this little beauty:
The flowers are very small, sometimes only about 2 centimeters across.
These blooms totally have that bug-eyed look in the center, just like Vandas.
Quite lovely, no? For comparison, here’s a photo of a Vanda that I took at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden:
Vanda blooms are WAY bigger than Aerides maculosum, which look like tiny gems in comparison.
Have a wonderful weekend, everyone!