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Orchid Species Print

Orchid Species Print

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This print features fifty flowers from orchid species found all over the world. 

  • 12" x 16"
  • Printed on heavy weight 300gsm 100% cotton paper. I selected this paper for its similar look and feel to the cotton hot press watercolor paper I paint on. 
  • Printed using pigment based archival inks in my home studio in Southwest Florida.
  • I hand sign each print with a graphite pencil. My signature is inconspicuous and can be found in the bottom right corner of the print. 
  • Open edition
  • Unframed
  • Ships flat in a protective sleeve, on an acid-free backing board.
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About the Orchid Species Print

  • I saw this Cattleya rex at an orchid show here in Florida, and I was mesmerized by the rainbow of colors on found on the lip of a single flower. I took lots of photos of that plant and painted it soon after. This flower became the inspiration for the color palette I used for the rest of the orchid species print, using other species that bloom in the range of yellow, orange, red, or violet.

The world of orchids intimidated me for a long time, it's a massive group of plants and most of the orchids that you commonly encounter are complex hybrids. Once I started to recognize and appreciate more orchid species - which grow in nature all over the world - I quickly became obsessed. My favorite orchids to both grow and paint are species, rather than hybrids, like this Bulbophyllum rothschildianum.

  • Phalaenopsis amboinensis

  • Phragmipedium besseae

  • Myrmecophila brysiana

  • Dendrobium nobile

It's estimated that there are nearly 30,000 orchid species found in nature. This print is attempt to showcase just some of the range of colors and forms of different orchid flowers. It's these variations on a theme - three sepals, two lateral petals, and a modified labellum that attracts pollinators - that makes orchid flowers so endlessly fascinating.

  • 1. Cycnoches warscewiczii
    2. Chiloschista viridiflava
    3. Oncidium sphacelatum
    4. Renanthera monachica
    5. Bulbophyllum thiurum
    6. Cattleya hoehnei
    7. Vanda denisoniana
    8. Myrmecophila brysiana
    9. Phalaenopsis chibae
    10. Brassia wageneri
    11. Dendrobium fimbriatum
    12. Paphiopedilum gratrixianum
    13. Bulbophyllum mastersianum
    14. Epidendrum radicans
    15. Trichocentrum stacyi
    16. Gastrochilus obliquus
    17. Polystachya bella
    18. Phalaenopsis amboinensis
    19. Guarianthe aurantiaca
    20. Cattleya cernua
    21. Restrepia guttulata
    22. Phragmipedium besseae
    23. Cattleya rex
    24. Phalaenopsis lueddemanniana
    25. Bulbophyllum rothschildianum
    26. Dracula nycterina
    27. Vanda mariae
    28. Bulbophyllum lepidum
    29. Dendrobium loddigesii
    30. Encyclia adenocaula
    31. Masdevallia infracta
    32.  Renanthera philippinensis
    33. Catasetum denticulatum
    34.  Paphiopedilum charlesworthii
    35. Phalaenopsis schilleriana
    36.  Paphiopedilum micranthum
    37. Cymbidium bicolor
    38. Trichoglottis atropurpurea
    39. Vanda flabellata
    40. Spathoglottis plicata
    41. Dendrobium cuthbertsonii
    42. Sobralia decora
    43. Vanda sanderiana
    44. Laelia anceps
    45. Dendrobium nobile
    46. Dendrobium ceraula
    47. Phalaenopsis pulcherrima
    48. Epidendrum fimbriatum
    49. Vanda coerulescens
    50. Phalaenopsis violacea
    Each species  is numbered and identified at the bottom of the image.
    All images ©Aaron Apsley. Do not print, copy or reproduce any of my work without permission.