The wildcat is an orchid…
“Personality is to a man what perfume is to a flower.” -Charles M. Schwab
Most often, the image of a feline pops in my mind at the mention of the word wildcat. And this also happened when I saw a Colmanara Wildcat for the first time.
Its blossoms have the predominant yellow and brown colors of an Odontoglossum, the 3-inch size of an Oncidium, and a prominent lip of a Miltonia. These characteristics are the mark of a genus called Colmanara (Odontoglossum x Oncidium x Miltonia). I was so smitten at the feline-looking yellow-ruffled butterfly-shaped blooms that I decided to acquire one, a Colmanara Wildcat ‘Yellow Butterfly’ shown in the photo above.
However, contrary to its name Wildcat, my orchid didn’t come from a jungle rather it is one of those beautiful Oncidium-related intergeneric hybrids grown in a Davao orchid lab. This plant is not only beautiful but also easy to grow and maintain in the home as well. Moreover, it gives me a lot of enjoyment because it produces at least 9 fragrant flowers that could last at least 4 weeks, and it has a free-blooming habit (multiple blooming times, thrice or more in a year!)
I would really suggest it as the ideal flower to grow while you’re still learning the “ways of orchid”.