This unusual Psychopsis orchid belongs to a genus of about four species from Central and South America and is closely related to the Oncidium variety. The name comes from ancient Greek: ‘psyche’, meaning butterfly, and ‘opsis’, meaning resembling – referring to the butterfly-like appearance of the flower, which is commonly called the butterfly orchid. Alan has used a single Psychopsis orchid in this unusual arrangement and added assorted foliage to complement the focal flower. The base is a candle holder filled with Stay Soft flower base and the orchid and foliage are arranged with the addition of aubergine coloured trails of paper-covered wire and pieces of floristry silver mesh wire.
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author of Psychopsis Orchid
Alan Dunn is a leading sugarcraft designer, author, teacher and demonstrator and teaches all over the world. His highly realistic sugar flowers are simply stunning and he is well-respected for his artistic talents. Alan started cake decorating at an early age and has become one of the sugarcraft world’s leading authors with books such as Flowers and Foliage for Wedding Cakes (B. Dutton Publishing). Alan is an accredited demonstrator for the British Sugarcraft Guild and has taught in numerous locations such as Russia, Malaysia and extensively through Europe.