Now, I have acquired one of these. Just one. It is also seated next to me as I write to you. A little joy in this frightening day.
This hybrid orchid is called phalaenopsis (fal-en-OPP-sis), the "moth orchid".
Citrine and heliotrope. It was impulsive, but I thought it would be lovely on the buffet. Impulsive, because they are notoriously fickle plants which bloom only for short periods through the year. I discovered this variety was a long bloomer after buying it: maybe it will have flowers for three months once a year. That is okay by me, no one can turn it on all the time.
Orchids seem to make a cult of their admirers and I am not into cults: Too time consuming and single-minded. I just wanted this one, maybe two, in the interest of symmetry. And I will learn something from a houseplant, which have long been flora non-grata here.
I have plans to read up. We'll see how it goes. All of it.
Understanding Orchids, William Cullina. Here.