I took photos of some more Cymbidium orchids that have started to bloom. One of the Cymbidium Vogelsang ‘Eastbourne’ x So Bold ‘and Bountiful’ flowers looked kind of strange. It was a siamese twin flower! In indonesian is ‘kembar Siam’.

The rare flower has double lips and anther caps. It also has malformed petals and sepals which are 7 all together. It is hard for me to tell which are the petals and which are the sepals.  * Looking closely, from the front it seems to have 7 petals and sepals altogether, but there are actually only 6 of them. The top sepals are fused together. Normally a Cymbidium flower has 3 sepals and 2 petals. So this one has 1 extra sepal down the bottom.

Well, I think it is very special and rare, perhaps will never happen again. By the way, this C. Vogelsang ‘Eastbourne’ x So Bold ‘and Bountiful’ has 3 spikes, while the second pot only has a single spike (not open yet).

Update September 16 – 2017:

How it looks from different angles: The top sepal is very wide. It looks like 2 sepals fused together. It also has 1 extra sepal (or petal?) down the bottom.

Normal Cymbidium Flower Anatomy: Just curious… 🙂

Cymbidium Flower Anatomy

Update September 29, 2017: This deformed flower has wilted too quickly. Was it polinated?

 

Half of the troubles of this life can be traced to saying yes too quickly and not saying no soon enough.”~Josh Billings  

It is OK to say no!

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