That really is a beauty, Diane! I can understand your disappointment that it got a bit dinged up in transit. Still, what a lovely gift! You got to buy an orchid, and he got to keep one! And a natural hybrid at that.
I wonder how they can ID these natural hybrids with certainty. Wouldn't that take a genetic work up? And how does a natural hybrid really differ from a separate species? If you read the debates between the classifiers, it really makes you wonder.