Common names: orchid, cymbidium, dendrobium, oncidium, cattleya, phalaenopsis
Description: Throughout the world, more than 17,000 species are known, and varieties vary in size and shape.
Oncidium blossoms are 1 1/2 to 1 inch and are usually yellow with orange-red markings.
Cymbidium and dendrobium flowers have a butterfly-like shape and are 3 to 4 inches acress. The larger of the two, cymbidiums are white, yellow, green or lavender with pink or red lips, while dendrobiums are often white or lavender.
Cattleya blossoms are large, ruffled and usually 5 to 6 inches across in white or purple with contrasting throats.
Phalaenopsis have moth- or butterfly-shaped flowers in colors such as white, pink, purple and bicolors.