Yellow Samurai Orchid (Neofinetia falcata Kibana Fuuran)


Neofinetia falcata (Thunb.) Hu 1925, commonly called Samurai Orchid or Wind Orchid, is an epiphytic growing miniature orchid species native to Japan and Korea.

The beautiful, small orchid is considered as the first orchid cultivated as a house plant in Japan since the 16. century. In Japan the cute Samurai orchid is called Fuuran or Fuukiran, which means rich and noble orchid. As the miniature sized plant was preferably grown by nobleman and Samurai, it got the common name Samurai Orchid. As Neofinetia falcata species orchids are white, we had to figure out, that our photography shows a yellow colored hybrid. Even after a long research we couldn`t find any information about the parentage and it seems, that Japanese orchid breeders keep it secret. Not a single Neofinetia falcata hybrid has been registered with the Royal Horticultural Society. Finally we found out, that there must be some Ascocentrum orchids in the background.

The yellow Neofinetia falcata hybrid is called Kibana Fuuran and get a bit bigger flowers then a Neofinetia falcata species orchid. The highly fragrant Flowers of the yellow hybrid Kibana Fuuran, which the typical long spur, get a size of about 4 cm in diameter. The scent is reminescent of jasmine and is strongest at dawn and dusk. Neofinetia falcata orchids and also their hybrids are protected by CITES Appendix II (trade controlled to avoid use incompatible with species survival) and require cool to warm temperatures at shady - partial shady location.
To induce blooming the cute Japanese miniature orchid needs bright light and cooler temperatures during the winter rest.

Yellow Samurai Orchid (Neofinetia falcata Kibana Fuuran)
Flower Photography © Orchids
Image: Yellow Samurai Orchid (Neofinetia falcata Kibana Fuuran)
Photographer: Kitisak “Nat” Jaidee

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