365 days of orchids – day 351 – Prosthechea calamari


This is our smallest Prosthechea species with pseudobulbs 5cm tall, fine leaves and delicate flowers mostly in pairs. The species is native to South America from Brazil to Colombia where it forms mats on trees in warm forests from 200-1400m altitude.

We find that the species does best in Cool Americas but it would be happier a little warmer. It seems to enjoy baskets as it does have the inconvenient habit of walking our of small pots and growing in the ‘pot next door’



365 days of orchids – day 350 – Pleurothallis endotrachys

This is one of our orchid species that is always in flower. Single flowers are produces successively for more than a year from long flower spikes and as plants mature they produce several flower spikes.

The species is native to cloud forests from Mexico through Central America to Venezuela. We find the plant undemanding as it produces vigorous roots and seems to cope well with any temperature extremes we suffer in Cool Americas. Although there is never a large flower count the flowers are very attractively covered in hairs and warts that make them well worth a close look.


365 days of orchids – day 349 – Dendrobium eriiflorum

This is another Sikkim species and one we found growing from 1500-2000m in the reserves of Fambong Lho and Maenam. It was growing on small mossy trees in regrowth forest where it enjoys a warm wet summer and a cooler dryer winter. We find the species does best in Cool Asia amongst the Cymbidium and Coelogyne species it shares its natural habitat with. We grow the species mounted.

The small flowers are fragrant and long lasting and the species is a true minature with flowering from pseudobulbs 3cm long although they will grow to 7cm. There is another form of the species found in South East Asia (which we have seen in Laos) that is larger and warmer growing, and more similar to Dendrobium compactum but this should probably be a separate species from the Sikkim type.


365 days of orchids – day 348 – Chiloschista parishii

Chiloschista is a genus of leafless orchids found in Asia. We have seen species in Sikkim and Laos where plants produce extensive chlorophyl filled root systems and sprays of pretty flowers. The flower spikes are bright green suggesting that they help with photosynthesis too.

In cultivation the plants need to be grown mounted so that the roots are exposed to light and we hang our plants high in the Warm Asia section. Where we give plants a wet summer and a dryer winter.

Chiloschista parishii is found from the Himalayas through to South East Asia where it grows in seasonally dry lowland forest. We have seen the cooler growing Chiloschista usneoides in Sikkim and Laos. The plant below was near the road not far north of Gangtok.


365 days of orchids – day 347 – Masdevallia bulbophyllopsis

Another of the delightful small multi-flowered masdevallias is this species from Ecuador. It is small growing but vigorous with 4cm leaves and 15cm flower spikes with about 6-12 flowers on each.

As you can see it does well for us in a small basket though we also find it does well in pots.

The species is found from 1800-2700m and so it is well suited to our Cool Americas section (Min 12C) where we keep it well watered and shaded.

This species is found in a wide range of colour variants and we also have a brown and yellow clone but this is our favourite with chrystal white flowers and yellow tails.