Ada aurantiaca is one of the cooler growing orchids. The genus Ada
includes only two species,which resemble the representatives of the
genus Odontoglossum in appearance.
Ada aurantiaca grows form: Evergreen, epiphytische orchid.
Cultivation is not very easy-the plants are demanding in a
similar manner to the cryophilic species of the genus Odontoglossum.
A summer stay in overheated greenhouses is a sure way of destroying
the orchid. the species is therefore recommented only forcultivators
who are able to provide their plants with cool conditions, or
transfer them to a garden in the summer. The plants thrive in
semi-shade, provided that they get appropriate ventilation and
sufficiently frequent misting.
Leaf type : Long Pseudobulben with 2 narrowly oval, central green
leaves, 10 cms long.
From the cultivator''s perspective,it is mainly its richly
colored flowers that are valuable.Its pseudobulbs are up to 4 in/10
cm tall,with 1 to 8 in/2-3 to 20 cm long belt-shaped leaves.The
flower spike does not overtop the leaves and is arched , with up to
15 extraordinaryflowers deployed on it. All the tepals are thin and
pointed and their orange-red color attracts attention from a
Blossom: The blossoms are orange and appear in basalen grapes,
2.5 cms long, in the spring. The flowering season comes between
January and March.
Origin: Central America and South America. The orchid's original
home is in the midlands and highlands of the Colombian Andes.
Ada cinnabarina (Linden ex Lindl.) N.H. Williams ?; Ada lehmannii
Rolfe 1891; Brassia cinnabarina Linden ex Lindl. 1854; Mesospinidium
aurantiacum (Lindl.) Rchb. f. 1864; Mesospinidium cinnabarinum
(Linden ex Lindl.) Rchb. f. 1864; Oncidium cinnabarinum (Linden ex
Lindl.) Rchb. f. 1864