Tolumnia Jairak Flyer is a sympodial epiphyte orchid hybrid. It was registered in 2013 and created by K.Somboonpol as a cross between Tolumnia Jairak Firm and Tolumnia Jairak Rainbow. There is a multitude of variety within this hybrid, so there are quite a number of different looking individuals, the one presented in this article is the ‘Corona’ variety.
The blooms on this orchid resemble Oncidiums, for this reason it used to belong to the Oncidium family, under the name of Equitant Oncidium. Though small, they have one of the most diverse coloration and pattern of all the orchid hybrids obtained this far. The ‘Corona’ presents a pale pink lip, lined with a dark purple rim. The entirety of the lip is dotted with tiny purple spots and towards the middle it shows a yellow splash.
The petals and sepals are thin and elongated, presenting dark brown spots on a solid white pink background. The pattern on the back of the sepals and petals does not match the one on the front, adding to its unique appearance. The lip is much broader and looks like a skirt if one imagines this flower as a ‘dancing lady’. When it first opens the flower has more intense colors and a thicker purple rim that fades away as it matures in a few days.
Flowers are about 2-3 cm in diameter and are displayed on a 20-25 cm long, thin flower spike which emerges from between the leaves. The spike has a tendency to branch out as it grows, or after the initial set of blooms. The flowers are not fragrant and usually each flower can last for 2-3 weeks.
This orchid usually blooms throughout the year, whenever a rosette matures. Each spike can hold 6-10 flowers but it can also branch out, increasing the flower count.
This orchid does not create pseudobulbs, but grows rosettes in a sympodial manner, like Paphiopedilum orchids. Rosettes are connected through a small rhizome and present narrow, fleshy leaves. Each leaf can measure about 10-15 cm in length and about 1 cm in width. When subjected to intense light, the leaves can obtain a red coloration.
The roots are very thin and healthy roots are white, but as they age they can turn green when wet. When in active growth they have bright green or reddish tips. New growths usually appear from between the exterior leaves and take about 6-9 months to mature. Flower spikes usually appear from between the central leaves, or even from the crown. Each individual can produce multiple flower spikes at once.
Overall this is an easy orchid to grow if external factors are favorable.
Soft spots: root rot if the media stays moist for too long, crown rot if water is trapped in the crown
Tolumnia Jairak Flyer Basic care:
Light: Bright to very bright
Humidity: Tolerant to low humidity, over 40% ideal
Water: Let the media (or roots) dry between waterings
Growth cycle: not deciduous, does not require a winter rest, does regularly shed leaves of old rosettes, can bloom all year round