|Vuylstekeara Cambria Plush|
- Odontoglossum, Kunth 1816
- Oncidium, Sw.
- Miltonia, Lindl. 1837
- Cochlioda, Lindl. 1853
- Brassia, R. Br. 1813
The first orchid hybrid among Odontoglossum crispum x Miltonia x Cochlioda noetzliana was obtained in 1911 by Mr. Charles Vuylsteke and was called Vuylstekeara in his honor. About ten years later by crossbreeding Vuylstekeara and Odontoglossum Clonius appeared Vuylstekeara Cambria Plush, awarded by the Royal Horticultural Society and by the American Orchid Society. From that moment many spectacular hybrids have been created and the Cambria term is nowadays used for a large group of hybrid orchids with beautiful spotted and brightly coloured flowers.
The Cambria orchids are equipped with quite stretched pseudobulbs, from which the leaves and the long floral stem develop. The inflorescences have from three to seven flowers. At the end of the flowering period the orchid produces a new pseudobulb that can create a new plant.
These evergreen orchids may have flowers with a large variety of colors and shapes. Usually they are big and display magnificent colors, very vibrant, dark red, purple or orange, variously speckled with white. The Cambria orchids flourish in Spring, Summer and Autumn, depending on environmental conditions. These plants are widespread and very easy to grow and to breed.