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Ada aurantiaca Red-orange Ada
Ada aurantiaca : Red-orange Ada (NW. Venezuela to Ecuador).

Red-orange Ada, Ada aurantiaca


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 distance.

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