I’m often asked about our Lady x Monkey orchid hybrids and visitors frequently seem confused about how to distinguish them from their parents. So here is a quick summary and discussion about them to give you some tips.
Here is a summary of the features that the hybrid takes from each parent. The hybrid feature is in bold.
|Leaf colour||grey green||yellow green|
|Leaf shape||keeled and smooth||broad & ribbed|
|Plant stature||Short and thin||tall and vigorous|
|Flower hood||pale and relatively unmarked||coloured with dense spotting|
|Flower shape||with legs||with a “skirt”|
|Flowering time||Last week in April*||First week in May|
- in reality the hybrids are usually a few days after the Lady orchids
Here is a selection of hybrids:
Here are the parent species: