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12 Free Beautiful Vintage Orchid Prints of Charles Antoine Lemaire

These beautiful vintage orchid prints and drawings are the latest botanical illustrations added to the collection of flower prints on Pictureboxblue.  This collection includes roses, peonies, hibiscus, poppies, and many more.

Orchids are considered some of the most beautiful and mysterious flowers.  They are one of the most popular houseplants.  Orchids make a lovely home warming and mothers’ day gift.  My mum has an extensive collection of orchid plants in her conservatory, many of which were gifted to her.

The orchid prints in this collection are by the artist Charles Antoine Lemaire.  Lemaire was a French botanical artist more well known for his cacti paintings.  However, towards the end of his career (1854), he edited the Belgium Journal L’Illustration Horticole, where these beautiful orchid paintings come from.

Free vintage orchid prints

Facts about Orchids

  • Orchids are the oldest and largest group of flowers.  There are more species of Orchids than birds. Over 25,000 different species of orchids have been identified so far.
  • Although they are often thought of as tropical plants, Orchids are found on all continents except Antarctica
  • The flowers range in size from that of a penny to giant flowers that weigh a few hundred pounds and over 2.5m, such as the giant orchid Grammatophyllum speciosum
  • Every orchid flower can be divided into two equal parts which are known as bilateral symmetry.
  • Even though they are popular houseplants, orchids are notoriously difficult to grow. It takes patience to grow an orchid. The plant’s first flowers won’t appear until at least 5 to 7 years after germination. The houseplants you find in stores are often several years old.
  • Orchids do not have usual roots. They have rhizome, tuber, or aerial roots.
  • Orchids survive in various habitats, from the ground (terrestrial forms), attached to woody plants (epiphytic types), or under the ground.
  • Certain species of orchids are parasitic. Instead of photosynthesis, they obtain food from fungi that live inside their roots.
  • Certain insects can only pollinate many species of Orchids; as those insects become extinct, so do the orchids.
  • Vanilla is extracted from the pod of Vanilla planifolia, which is one orchid commercially grown.

How To Download Charles Lemaire’s Orchid Paintings

All these vintage orchid prints are in the Public Domain. This means you can download and use them as you wish.

To download the orchid flower painting you want, click on the title above that orchid. A larger print of the orchid flower will open as a new tab in your browser.

If you right-click on that vintage orchid print, you will have the menu option to save the print to your device.

1. Oncidium barkerii – Butterfly Orchid

Oncidium orchids are commonly known as the “Dancing Ladies” and have been enjoyed for centuries. The Oncidium barkerii is sometimes called a butterfly orchid, but several orchids also have this common name.

Vintage orchid prints

2. Autumn Flowering Orchid

This pretty pink Laelia autumnalis orchid is from a small genus Laelia of 25 species of Orchidaceae. These orchids are found in the subtropical areas of central and South America, mainly Mexico.

This orchid is in bloom from fall to winter with 10cm fragrant flowers, hence its name.

Autumn flowering orchid

3. Lacaena bicolor

This is one of only two orchids in the Lacaena is a genus. The plant is native to Central America, Colombia, and southern Mexico.

Bicolor vintage orchid print

4. Miltonia moreliana Orchid

This beautiful flowering Orichid is endemic to Brazil.

Miltonia Moreliana

5. Aerides rosea Potted Orchid

This is a beautiful print of a potted Aerides rosea orchid. This flower is native to China and South East Asia.

Potted orchid painting

6. Cattleya purpurata Orchid

Another vintage potted orchid print. Cattleya purpurata, is native to Brazil where it is very popular among orchid growers. The orchid favors bright light and cool to warm conditions and is relatively easy to cultivate.

The plant blooms from late spring to fall with three to five flowers on a spike. The flowers are long-lasting and fragrant.

Beautiful orchids

7. Aerides crispa

This orchid painted by Charles Lemaire is native to India.

8. Vanda coerulea – Blue Orchid

The blue orchid has bluish-purple flowers that are very long-lasting compared to other orchids. The plant bears up to 20 to 30 spikes.

Blue Orchid print

9. Ascocentrum curvifolium

This is an Asian orchid found in the Himilayas and neighbouring countries.

red orchid

10. Caucaea phalaenopsis

This is an illustration of an Ecuadorian orchid, with a pleasant fragrance.

Caucaea Phalaenopsis - Vintage orchid prints

11. Dendrobium fimbriatum

This beautiful yellow orchid native to China and South East Asia.

Yellow Chinese Orchid

12. Prosthechea vitellina Orchid

A Charles Lemaire orchid painting of the Prosthechea vitellina. A plant native to Mexico that is also called as The Yolk-Yellow Prosthechea

Prosthechea Vitelina botanical orchid painting

There is an orchid print in the Mark Catesby flora and fauna of America collection.

12 vintage orchid botantical prints

You’ll find more orchid prints in Joseph Paxton’s Flower Garden.

Another famous orchidologist was John Lindley; you can find some of his orchid drawings in this collection of tropical botanical illustrations. There are also some Orchid family prints in this wild flower drawings collection. And many orchid examples in Gessner’s botany tables.

I hope you enjoyed these vintage Orchid prints by Charles Lemaire. You might also want to check out the flower paintings of another famous French botanical painter Pierre-Joseph Redoute. Also, the collection of lily drawings, Marshal’s Florilegium and the Temple of Flora are worth checking out.

Don’t forget the other vintage flower collections on Pictureboxblue.

Vinatge Magnolia Prints

Daffodil Flower Paintings

Botanical Sunflower Drawings

Vintage Tulip Paintings

Chrysanthemum Botanical Illustrations

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Sunday 4th of October 2020

These are so lovely, Claire! Thanks for sharing at Vintage Charm--pinned!


Monday 5th of October 2020

Thank you, glad you enjoyed them.

Rebecca Payne

Friday 25th of September 2020

I just love all of the vintage prints. Thank you for sharing.


Monday 28th of September 2020

Thank you, I have a passion for vintage prints that's why I started this site.