Monday, 11 June 2012

Orchid Sequence Two

Orchid Sequence Two

 Lan the "Orchid" is a favorite subject for Chinese painters however what the Chinese call LAN or "ORCHID" is usually Cymbidium goeringia or ensifolium or Bletilla Striata which is also called baiji lan.

bletilla striata plant

Just to complicate things Magnolias are "Jade Orchids" in Chinese and in Japanese the word RAN derived from LAN  is used in compounds like Yaburan to refer to Liriope muscari .

Then there's a plant called the Jian or Min Orchid and the Grass orchid .

More soon.