BBC Countryfile – Planning for filming next Wednesday

  This morning we had a visit from Emma Fry and Linda Sands from the BBC to plan filming with Countryfile next Wednesday. The visit started with Orchid Project students giving a tour of the greenhouse and the labs before checking out the native orchids flowering at Ammerdown with head gardener Richard Kitley. With lots […]


365 days of orchids – day 148 – Encyclia bractescens

this is the most delicate of Encyclias. It comes from Central America and we have seen it in Belize a few miles inland from Belize city. Encyclias are Laelineae and so related to Cattleyas and Laelias and tend to have roundish pseudobulbs and thick stiff leaves. Encyclia bractescens is something of an exception with thin […]


365 days of orchids – day 147 – Pleurothallis sclerophyla

  This Brazillian pluerothallis produces a dramatic display when its long spike of spidery flower pretty much hide the leaves of the plant in early summer. We have seen the species flowering in Brazil where we found it growing abundantly of mountain ridges at around 1200m in cloud forest. This photograph of the species near […]