The Dancing Lady Orchid – Oncidesa Goldiana

Let’s talk about this gorgeous year-round bloomer, the Oncidesa Goldiana aka. Golden Shower. This is a hardy plant that does well in the tropics, and over here in Singapore at our nursery, it just keeps blooming!

All I see is a sea of golden yellow…

The Oncidesa Goldiana (1940) or locally better known as the Dancing Lady Orchid is a hybrid between Gomesa flexuosa × Oncidium sphacelatum. The Oncidesa Goldiana produces numerous small 1-2cm yellow flowers on 5-6 branches per 30-40cm spike. The plants can bloom when they are as short as 30-40cm and can grow up to 50cm tall (not considering the flower spikes). The flowers have reduced petals and sepals but is compensated by the enormous curly lip shaped like the dress of a dancing lady.

As this oncidium has thin roots, our choice of media is wood chips as it retains more water and won’t dry out as quickly. This medium-sized Oncidium orchid plant is well suited for corridors or balconies in planters.

When many Oncidesa goldiana in bloom are put together, you get quite a spectacular display.

The Golden Shower Arch in National Orchid Garden at the Singapore Botanic Gardens. We are honoured to be maintaining this exhibit.

We also did a small floral arch display using this orchid for events and occasions.


Why not use numerous stalks to make it into an attractive table arrangement piece?

Do you grow this orchid at home? Tell us how they are doing!

9 Responsesto “The Dancing Lady Orchid – Oncidesa Goldiana”

  1. I have a pot of dancing ladies and they are growing very well. 5 new flower spikes have emerge since i bought them b4 CNY. Have been watering them with baby bio orchid food.

  2. I am looking to purchase a Dancing Lady Oncidesa Goldiana I had a huge on in a Oak Tree but the Tree trimmer cut it down and threw away the limb it was on. So looking to buy a new one but can never replace the one I had.

  3. Hi Janet,

    We do have Oncidesa Goldiana.
    You can find it in our giftshop! =)


  4. What is the best media for dancing lady, besides wood chip?

  5. Hi MF,

    We use charcoal as well.


  6. Do u have small pot of dancing lady (medium)?
    How much?

  7. Hi Laura,

    Yes, you can find this orchid in our giftshop at the top menu in single pots.


  8. does dancing lady need full sun? like the teretes?? thanks so much

  9. Hi

    No, dancing ladies only required partial sunlight, 50% shade will be good


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