Baby in the cradle flower

“I have a swaddled baby to show you,” a friend said over the phone. “Like a baby in the cradle. Want to come over and see?”

The words caught my curiosity. My friend was too old to have a baby in her arms — at least, not one of her own. And since she never had children, there wouldn’t be any grandchildren, so I was perplexed at the prospect of her showing off a baby.

“Come for lunch,” she suggested. I did, and when I arrived, she instantly took me to her sunroom where a wide variety of orchids were in full bloom.

“Here it is.” She pointed to the largest in her display. “I found it at the nursery. They don’t usually carry these unique orchids especially one so tall. I was told it could grow to 2 feet in height.”

“Wow!” I exclaimed. “That is tall.”

“It’s already taller than my others,” she continued. “But I love it anyway. And look at the flower. Doesn’t it look like a swaddled baby in a cradle?”

I peeked closer and admired the waxy, cream-colored flower. The interior of the flower did indeed look like a baby swaddled in a blanket. I took a deep breath.

“Mmm … is that a scent of cinnamon?”

“It is!”

My friend, the passionate orchid collector, was pleased with my interest. Also, I noted, she was pleased that she had managed to tease me about her newest acquisition.

“It’s part of the Anguloa uniflora orchids named after the collector Francisco de Angulo from the Andes regions of Venezuela, Columbia, and Ecuador. It’s also known as the tulip orchid. The best part is the flowers last a long time.”

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“I love the names.” I chuckled. “And I love the flower.”

The leaves were interesting, too. Slender and pleated with pseudobulbs.

“Fascinating,” I said. “Great addition.”

As I enjoyed lunch, my friend shared her knowledge. Swaddled babies are one of 10 species of the genus Anguloa — all of which are native to South America. Caring for the swaddled baby orchid is much the same as caring for others. It prefers a high humidity environment and dappled rather than direct sunlight, to simulate its natural growing conditions in South American forests.

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The plants also need to be pampered in the hotter summer conditions by misting the plant up to 5 times a day. It should be watered once a week during the hot summer months and slightly less in the winter.

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Summer temperatures to nurture this plant should range between 79 degrees Fahrenheit during daytime and 64 at night with winter temperatures ranging between 64 degrees Fahrenheit during the day and 50 degrees at night. Since the swaddled baby is used to a forest environment with dappled light, it’s best to keep the plant in a location that doesn’t get too much direct sun.

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The plant thrives well in plastic pots with drainage holes. The soil should be a mixture of bark and perlite mixed with some charcoal or coarse peat. Commercially prepared orchid soils may also be used.

The soil, which really isn’t soil, imitates the natural growing environment in the South American forests. Swaddled babies (and all orchids for that matter) require a soil mixture that allows for good drainage and prevents root rot. A routine of fertilizing the plant with an orchid fertilizer also helps maintain a healthy plant.

Pampering this orchid may seem overwhelming, but the results are worth it. And with its unusual name, it certainly makes for an interesting conversation piece.


Swaddled Babies Orchid: Information About Anguloa Uniflora Care

Orchids are found in almost every region of the world. Anguloa uniflora orchids hail from the Andes regions around Venezuela, Columbia and Ecuador. Common colorful names for the plant include tulip orchid and swaddled babies orchid. In spite of the quaint names, the plants are actually named for Fransisco de Angulo, a collector who became so knowledgeable about the different species he often helped botanists classify specimens.

Swaddled Babies Orchid Info

There are 10 species in the genus Anguloa, all of which hail from South America. Care of swaddled babies is similar to other orchids but relies upon mimicking the plant’s native region. Most growers find that a greenhouse and high humidity are the keys to care of swaddled babies.

Swaddled babies orchid is one of the largest plants at nearly 2 feet in height. The name refers to the appearance of a tiny baby swathed in blankets in the interior of the flower. Another name for the plant, tulip orchid, is indicated by the exterior of the plant before it opens

up fully. The overlapping petals resemble a tulip flower.

The petals are waxy, cream colored and cinnamon scented. Blooms are long lasting and perform best in low light locations. The leaves are slender and pleated with chubby conical pseudobulbs.

Anguloa Uniflora Care

Orchids in the Anguloa genus live in forested areas where there are pronounced wet and dry seasons. The dappled light afforded by their native regions needs to be maintained in cultural conditions too.

These plants also require warm temperatures and are only hardy in United States Department of Agriculture zones 11 to 13. In most areas, that means a heated greenhouse is the only way to keep conditions optimal, but solariums and protected warm home interiors are also an option. Humidity is also crucial to growing Anguloa uniflora plants with big healthy blooms.

Pots and Medium for Growing Anguloa Uniflora

Conditions and site are only part of the puzzle in good care of swaddled babies. The container and medium are just as important to growing healthy orchid plants.

Ideal containers, according to competitive growers, are plastic pots with drainage holes, although some use clay pots.

Use a mixture of bark and perlite, often with some charcoal or coarse peat. Plastic peanuts may be added for drainage.

Fertilize the plants every 2 weeks with a 30-10-10 in summer and 10-30-20 in winter.

Humidity and Temperature for Anguloa Uniflora Care

According to prize winning growers, swaddled babies orchids need misting up to 5 times a day in summer conditions. Water plants every 5 to 7 days in summer and slightly less in winter.

The proper temperatures are 50 degrees Fahrenheit (10 C.) in winter nights and 65 degrees (18 C.) in summer evenings. Daytime temperatures should range no more than 80 degrees F. (26 C.) in summer and 65 degrees Fahrenheit (18 C.) in winter.

These plants may seem fussy, but they are well worth the trouble for their delicate spicy scent and long-lasting creamy blooms.

Q: My neighbor has a plant she calls a night-blooming cereus. We stayed up until 1:00 a.m. one night watching the flower open, almost like waiting for a new baby to be born. It has the most heavenly scent. Can it be grown outside? Where did this plant originate?

Q: I have a 6th generation flower that I would like more information about. My grandmother always called this flower “Christ in the manger”. The bloom takes several hours to fully open and is in full bloom around 1:00 – 2:00 AM. The bloom withers away and is usually hanging at dawn.

A: Night-blooming cereus, Epiphyllum oxypetalum, is one of the best plants to “passalong” between friends and family.

Originating in South America, this member of the cactus family has flat segments approximately six inches long. As the segments grow and re-branch the plant sprawls over anything it can reach. Its huge white flowers have an intoxicating scent, attractive pollinating moths.

It is best planted in a pot since it does best when kept outdoors in filtered sunshine during the summer and beside a sunny window in winter. Propagate a cereus by snapping off a segment and inserting the lower third in slightly moist potting soil. You can keep it to a manageable size by rooting parts to give away to friends.

Night-blooming cereus

Night-blooming cereus

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Seller: paphinessorchids (4,780) 90.3%, Location: Sunnyvale, California, Ships to: US, Item: 282818385532 Mystery (No ID) Lycastes, Anguloas, or Angulocastes Lycastes (and related genera/hybrids) are fantastic orchids — they produce sizeable long-lasting blooms, make huge attractive leaves in season, and when they’ve dropped their leaves, they look like attractive succulents. Plus, some varieties produce fragrant flowers! These are distinctive orchids, and if you are building a collection, you owe it to yourself to give one of these a try! Lycastes are actually quite easy to grow. Two key tips: 1) Limit watering during the winter (after they’ve dropped their leaves); 2) Don’t allow them to freeze. Keep temps in the 50s F or higher. Orchid bark mix with good drainage, or New Zealand sphagnum moss (click on link to order from us on eBay) work very well. Lycaste collectors in Japan grow their plants in NZ sphagnum, and grow very nicely. We recently acquired a large collection of these plants from the former Orchid Zone, and a number of these had no ID tags, so we’re offering them here as “mystery” Lycates/Angulocastes/Anguloas. Nevertheless, there are sure to be outstanding specimens bloom-wise in these “mystery” plants. (NOTE: The Anguloas in this collection were all Anguloa clowesii whose bloom looks like a yellow tulip.) Around 40 Lycaste species grow in Central America, and are characterized by large pseudobulbs, big leaves, and showy, long-lasting flowers. These are impressive orchids, and have had devotees for over 150 years. Breeders of Lycastes have produced beautiful colors with every shade of pink/salmon/red, as well as some shades of yellow (derived from Lyc. aromatica, a species that produces a pure cinnamon fragrance). The plants we’re offering were all grown from seed, so there may be some variability in color and shading, but they will all produce lovely blooms. The Orchid Zone produced a number of excellent Lycaste crosses, of which some specimens sold for thousands of dollars! In the last picture in this listing, you can see a photo I took years ago when a number of Lycastes were in full bloom at the Orchid Zone, a truly impressive display of orchid beauty, one that the orchid world may not see again, as breeders of this genus have mostly retired. During the Orchid Zone’s twilight days, when pieces of the collection large and small were sold off (or scavenged by local SF Bay Area orchid folk, depending on your perspective), the Lycaste collection was completely overlooked. Well, their loss, your gain, as this collection is full of hidden treasures! WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW BEFORE BUYING: 1) These are divisions of plants originally grown from seed. We’re offering two sizes: – a SMALL/NBS (Near Blooming Size) plant, where plant will have around two leafless back bulbs, and one new growth. The photos of the plants in this listing are REPRESENTATIVE of what you will receive.- a Blooming Size plant which will have at least three back bulbs, and may have bloomed previously. 2) At the current time (early 2018), these plants need repotting! They are growing OK but they will do much better once repotted. We will be repotting these later in 2018, but please note that depending when during the year you order from this listing, the plant you receive may not have been recently repotted. 2) Some bulbs may be wrinkled, and older bulbs may be shriveled, but as of January 2018, they all have new growths with BIG leaves. If this listing is still up in late 2018, those new growths won’t be so new anymore, and the leaves may have dropped, but that is perfectly natural and OK, as Lycastes are deciduous (many of them, at least). 3) Root systems of these plants are NOT in great shape. 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I was really intrigued when I saw a monkey orchid in Singapore orchid gardens. Believe me, it was looking exactly like a monkey. I got really inspired after seeing that weird flower and thought of doing a research on various weird looking flowers. I got a huge collection of rare and mysterious pictures of orchids and other flowers.

If you are a nature enthusiast, you will really enjoy this collection of flowers. This collection includes various rare orchids, tulips etc. Some of these flowers can be grown in your small garden and it can be a decor for your home.

Lets take a look at 33 of these amazing collection of rare and mysterious flowers: Here u get 30 exotic and colourful garden flowers.

1. Monkey Orchid

Scientific Name : Dracula saulii

This orchid resembles a monkey’s face and hence the name. The flower is white on the inside with a brown band on the outside. It grows mainly in cold weather.

Monkey Orchid

2. Hooker’s Lips

Scientific Name : Psychotria elata

The bright red color of this flower attracts pollinators like humming bird. Commonly found in the rain forests of Central and South America. The flower looks like a pair of lips in its budding stage before fully blooming into a flower.

Hooker’s Lips

3. Naked Man Orchid

Scientific Name : Orchis italica

Commonly found in the Mediterranean. The lip of this orchid looks just like a man and hence called Naked man orchid.

Naked Man Orchid

4. Ice cream tulip

Scientific Name : Tulipa icecream

This flower definitely lives up to its name and looks exactly like a delicious ice cream cone. White petals are closely mounted against one another and form a central cone. Its visual appeal makes it a center-piece in any garden.

ice cream tulip

5. Moth Orchid

Scientific Name : Phalaenopsis

This is the most common orchid variety due to its ease of production and the availability of blooming plants all year-round. Found in Southeast Asia, New Guinea, Southern China, the Indian Subcontinent and Queensland.

Moth Orchid

6. Dancing Girls

Scientific Name : Impatiens bequaertii

Commonly found in the rain forests of East Africa. This flower is very small, about half inch in length.

Dancing Girls

7. Laughing Bumble Bee Orchid

Scientific Name : Ophrys bombyliflora

Comes under bee orchid species. This plant is a native of the Mediterranean region. It’s named after the Greek word bombylios, meaning bumble bee.

Laughing Bumble Bee Orchid

8. Swaddled Babies

Scientific Name : Anguloa uniflora

The flowers of this orchid resembles babies sleeping in a cradle. Commonly found in parts of South America.

Swaddled Babies

9. Parrot Flower

Scientific Name : Impatients psittacina

As the name suggests, this flower resembles a flying parrot. This plant is commonly found in parts of South east Asia.

Parrot Flower

10. Flying Duck Orchid

Scientific Name : Caleana major

This bright colored flower is a native of Australia. The bright purple color attracts pollinating agents.

Flying Duck Orchid

11. Tiger faced orchid

The center portion of this orchid flower looks exactly like the face of a tiger, as evident from the image below.

Tiger faced orchid

12. Happy Alien

Scientific Name : Calceolaria uniflora

This mountain plant is commonly found in the southern part of South America. Its combination of red, white and yellow colors makes it look like an alien.

Happy Alien

13. Angel Orchid

Scientific Name : Habenaria grandifloriformis

This flower is white in color and the arrangement of petals makes it look like an angel. Commonly found in the grasslands of Southern India.

Angel Orchid

14. Dove Orchid

Scientific Name : Peristeria elata

A Native of Central America, the central portion of this white flower resembles a dove. Also called Holy Ghost Orchid.

Dove Orchid

15. Ballerina Orchid

Scientific Name : Caladenia melanema

This orchid exactly looks like a ballerina dancer. Commonly found in Australia.

Ballerina orchid

16. White Egret Orchid

Scientific Name : Habenaria radiata

This orchid flower looks like a white egret in flight. Found in China, Japan, Korea and Russia.

White Egret Orchid

17. Jewel Orchid

Scientific Name : Anoectochilus geniculatus

These are so named because of the stunning patterns and coloration of their dramatic foliage.

Jewel Orchid

18. Darth Vader Flower

Scientific Name : Aristolochia salvadorensis

This flower looks like the mask of popular Star Wars character Darth Vader and hence the name.

Darth Vader flower

19. Grey Spider Flower

Scientific Name : Grevillea buxifolia

This flower has yellowish and white petals, with stalks covered in reddish brown hairs. The arrangement makes it look like a grey spider. Commonly found in New South Wales in Australia.

Grey Spider Flower

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20. Sara Tree Flower

Scientific Name : Couroupita guianensis

Also known as Cannonball Tree Flower, this is a native to the rain forests of Central and South America.

Sara Tree Flower

21. Mirror Orchid

Scientific Name : Ophrys speculum

This petals of this unique orchid resembles a female wasp. Male wasps, thinking that the petals are a female, land on them and helps in pollination.

Mirror Orchid

22. Pink Lady’s Slipper Orchid

Scientific Name : Cypripedium acaule

This flower is commonly found in Canada. The petals are yellowish-brown to maroon in color with a large pouch that is usually a shade of pink. The pouch is prominent and gives this flower a lady’s slipper like look.

Pink Lady’s Slipper Orchid

23. Lily-of-the-Valley Flower

Scientific Name : Convallaria majalis

Lily of the valley plants are one of the most fragrant and blooming plants in the spring and early summer throughout the northern temperate zone.

Lily-of-the-valley flower

24. Bird of Paradise

Scientific Name : Strelitzia reginae

Also called Crane flower. This flower is a native of South Africa.

Bird of Paradise

25. Passiflora Violacea Victoria

This flower is purple in color with a dark center and white filament tips.

Passiflora Violacea Victoria

26. Paracaleana Nigrita

This flower resembles a bird in flight. Its a native of Australia.

Paracaleana nigrita

27. Fly Orchid

Scientific Name : Ophrys insectifera

This orchid flower looks just like a fly and so it is called fly orchid. Commonly found in Europe.

Fly Orchid

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28. Skeleton Flower

Scientific Name : Diphylleia grayi

This flower is called skeleton flower because its petals turn crystal clear when they make contact with water. When dry, the flower is white in color!!!

Skeleton flower

29. The Bat Flower

Scientific Name : Tacca Chantrieri

This flower is native to tropical regions of Southeast Asia including Thailand, Malaysia, and southern China. This flower is also called Devil’s flower, thanks to its devil like appearance.

The bat flower

30. Ceropegia

Scientific Name : Ceropegia Haygarthii

The name of this flower was derived from the words ‘keros’ meaning wax and ‘pege’ meaning fountain. As the name suggests, this flower looks like a fountain of wax. Also called parachute flower or lantern flower. Commonly found in Africa, southern Asia and Australia.

Ceropegia Haygarthii

31. Jungle Night Flower

Scientific Name : Amorphophallus paeoniifolius

This is the flower of elephant foot yam or stink lily, which is a tropical tuber crop grown in Africa, South Asia and Southeast Asia.

Jungle Night Flower

32. Flame Lily

Scientific Name : Gloriosa superba

This flower, with its spectacular array of yellow and red colored petals, looks like a flame. Also known by the name fire lily. Commonly found in Asia and Africa.

Flame Lily

33. Jeweled Carpet Flower

The arrangement of petals gives this flower a jewel – like appearance and hence called so.

Jeweled Carpet Flower Source: Small Garden Ideas

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