The Oncidium Dianne Feinstein is a sympodial epiphyte orchid hybrid. It was registered in 2003 by A.Halsted, originator Golden Gate and it is a cross between Oncidium Remembrance and Oncidium Crowborough (1965). The striking dar red color of the flower is not a common occurrence in the orchid world, as red is often times more purple than anything else. The variety presented in this article is ‘Red Ruby’. This orchid can also be found under the name of Wilsonara Dianne Feinstein ‘Red Ruby’.
The shape of the blooms is very typical for this family of orchids and can be described as a very compact star, with petals and sepals having approximatively the same length. The flower is about 7-9 cm in diameter, with the same base color on both petals and sepals.
Flowers are displayed on a thin flower spike that can measure about 30 cm in length. The background color is a dark orange red, there are no purple tones to this color and can appear rusty in sunlight. The base color of the lip is a more vivid orange on the upper part and looks glossy, contrasting with the rest of the flower. The lower portion present a yellow, orange splash, marked with a fine light purple rim. The lip also appears to be grainy in its pattern, adding to the overall effect.
This orchid can bloom multiple times in one year. Usually, with every maturing pseudobulb a flower spike can be produced. In some cases the orchid can produce 2 flower spikes emerging from each side of the pseudobulb. The blooms are not fragrant.
The flowers usually last between 4 to 8 weeks, depending on environment. After the blooms fall, usually the orchid starts to produce new pseudobulbs. The spikes can be cut near the base after the blooms drop, as they will not rebloom, or produce plantlets. Each spike can hold up to 12 flowers and is not prone to branching.
The pseudobulbs are about 8-10 cm in height and about 4-5 cm in width, with an oval shape, that can obtain a reddish tinge in bright light. The normal color for this orchid is medium green. The leaves are long and slender, measuring about 25-30 cm in length and about 2-3 cm in width. The leaves are prone to obtain accordion shape growth if the orchid is kept too dry and in too low humidity.
The roots are about 2-3 mm thin and healthy roots are white, but as they age, they can turn green when wet. When in active growth they have bright green tips. New growths usually appear from between the last exterior leaves and take between 6 to 9 months to fully mature.
Propagation of this orchid can be done through division, each division should have at least 3 fully grown pseudobulbs for a fast growth further on.
Soft spots: pleated leaves if kept too dry, pleated flower spikes if the leaves don’t develop normally
Overall the Oncidium Dianne Feinstein Red Ruby is a medium difficulty orchid to grow. Basic Oncidium care should provide proper conditions for this orchid.
Oncidium Dianne Feinstein Red Ruby Basic care:
Light: Intermediate to bright
Humidity: Tolerant to low humidity, over 40% ideal
Water: Water as the media approaches dryness
Growth cycle: not deciduous, does not require a winter rest, does not regularly shed leaves, can bloom all year round