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Pronunciation of Orchid Names

This is a discussion on Pronunciation of Orchid Names within the General Orchid Culture forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; Because I've butchered my fair share of new names of orchids that have been profiled ...

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    Default Pronunciation of Orchid Names

    Because I've butchered my fair share of new names of orchids that have been profiled here on OT.
    Please feel free to update this with names that were not included.


    Aerangis (Aergs.): uh-RANGE-us

    Aerides (Aer.): AIR-uh-dees

    Angraecum (Angcm.): an-GRY-cum

    Ascocentrum (Asctm.): ASCO-cen-trum

    Brassavola (B.): BRASS-suh-voh-lah

    Brassia (Brs.): BRASS-ee-ah

    Bulbophyllum (Bulb.): BULB-boh-phil-lum

    Cattleya (C.): CAT-lay-ah

    Coryanthes (Crths.): COR-ee-an-thus

    Cycnoches (Cyc.): SICK-no-keys

    Cymbidium (Cym.): SIM-bid-ee-um

    Cypripedium (Cyp.): SIP-pruh-PEE-dee-um

    Cyrtopodium (Cyrt.): sir-toh-POH-dee-um

    Dendrobium (Den.): den-DRO-bee-um

    Dendrochilum: den-dro-KY-lum

    Disa (Disa): DEE-sah

    Doritis (Dor.): doh-REY-tis

    Dracula (Drac.): DRAK-u-lah

    Encyclia (Enc.): en-SICK-lee-ah

    Epidendrum (Epi.): EP-PEE-den-drum

    Laelia (L.): LAY-lee-ah

    Lycaste (Lyc.): lie-CASS-tee

    Masdevalia (Masd.): maz-duh-VAY-lee-ah

    Miltonia (Milt.): mill-TOH-nee-ah

    Miltoniopsis: mill-TOH-nee-op-sis

    Neofinetia (Neof.): NEE-oh-fin-ee-shah

    Odontoglossum (Odm.): oh-don-toh-GLOSS-um

    Oncidium (Onc.): on-SEE-dee-um

    Paphiopedilum (Paph.): paf-ee-oh-PED-juh-lum

    Paraphalaenopsis: para-fal-ah-NOP-sis

    Phalaenopsis (Phal.): fal-ah-NOP-sis

    Phragmipedium (Phrag.): frag-muh-PEE-dee-um

    Pleurothallis (Pths.): PLUH-ruh-thal-lis

    Psychopsis (Psyc.): sigh-COP-sis

    Rhyncostylis (Rhy.): rink-oh-STY-lis

    Sobralia: so-BRAL-ee-ah

    Sophronitis (Soph.): sof-froh-NYE-tis

    Spathoglottis (Spa.): spa-thoh-GLOT-tis

    Stanhopea (Stan.): stan-HOPE-pee-ah

    Vanda (V.): VAN-dah

    Zygopetalum (Z.): zy-go-PED-juh-lum

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    Very interesting Cathy my tongue almost twisted to mention it.

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    I sometimes go to google to find out how to pronounce an orchid name. I laugh so hard usually when I realize how I have been saying it and how it is 'supposed' to be said. haha

    cheers,
    BD

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    If I cannot pronounce the name, I don't buy it. I like how simple V-A-N-D-A is.
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    BAhahahahahaha

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    I plan to just make posters for those I can't pronounce to spare my OS when I take in my blooming plants. Yes, 'Vanda' is easy but what about some of those species names? Whew!

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    NO, no, you haven't got any beginners orchids in this list - you need to add :_

    Dead-robiums
    Fail-an-opsis
    Die - sas
    Gone- - goras

    Further additions gratefully received...

    ( Just my sense of humour, you know ? )

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    I didn't realize till now that Vandas were beautiful, but stupid as in Van-dah. AL

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    Or that Encyclia's carry contagious disease's as in En-sick-lee-ah. AL

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