With that story, now i have to go to orchid shows and plant exhibits to look and appreciate them. A lot of hybrids are very beautiful, but parent species are still maintaining their being at the hall of fame! Endemics or botanicals are also attracting attention of breeders and collectors. I am more fascinated with Vanda species, and if I will have orchids again, i will still prefer them over the Catleya, Phalaenopsis, Rhenanthera, Oncidium, Bulbophylum, Paphiopedilum, Cymbidium, and others.
Vanda sanderiana, which is the ancestor of most Vanda hybrids today (sorry for not a very good resolution) is endemic to the Philippines
Offsprings today, from the arduos tasks of breeders and collectors. Take for example the center bottom orange dotted flowers. It shows it passed several generations, and has already traversed through several genus and species (e.g. intrageneric and intraspecific)
V. coerulea, V. sanderiana and V. rothschildiana gave way to the many dark bluish and violet colors now available.
Judging orchids follow a certain strict rules and standards, and properly implemented by professional orchid societies. Breeders consider these standards in choosing the parents they will be working on, as to which parent will provide a certain hue, and which parent will provide the best form. A good judgement will also tell which is the better mother or the better father. This entails a lot of understanding on which characteristics are easier transmitted via the pollen or via the egg. Breeding takes a lot of time, and choosing the best characters takes more, one best character even takes a lifetime. The best part of breeding orchids is that every offspring, notwithstanding getting not the characters you are intending to get, will still be appreciated by many, and will still be beautiful. If the breeder doesn't like the offspring, many enthusiasts will still do! I also know how to breed orchids and propagate them in tissue culture bottles, but i don't do it. Patience and waiting are not included in my most favored virtues. LOL.
Now, which colors do you prefer? For myself, I am more leaning on the last colors - the blues, they seem to be so exotic and endearing for me. A violet or a blue Vanda, if given to me as a gift will be very much treasured as if i received a pair of pearl earings!
These photos (except the 2nd) are from the Philippine Orchid Society Show in Quezon Memorial Circle, Quezon City, Philippines, on Feb 24 to Mar 7, 2011.