A sunny yellow Mexican orchid is here to celebrate today’s Cinco de Mayo fiesta. This mini Oncidium relative takes its name from its home country, and it’s easy to pronounce: say “Mexico” and add “-ah” to the end.

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Mexicoas grow on oak trees in mountain forests in the Mexican states of Jalisco, Michoacan, Guerrero, Mexico, and Oaxaca. This species can handle a wide range of temps, and needs a nightly cool down. An elegant mini, it rarely grows above 6 inches (15 cm) high. The tiny Mexicoa plant is a marked contrast to its relatively large flowers, which can be 1.6 inches (4 cm) tall.

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Nothing I’ve read says that this variety is fragrant, but I detected a light, lemony, daytime scent on my recent purchase from the Pacific Orchid Expo. Blooms can last over a month. It’s a colorful Mexican celebration.

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2 Comments on “Mexicoa”

  1. jazmine Says:

    love the orchid …
    ¡ viva méxico !

  2. nancy Says:

    Very cute! Thanks for sharing your photos.