WSBEorchids

365 days of orchids – day 237 – Penillabium struthio

This is a miniature species native to South East Asia and Malaysia that is recorded in hot lowland forest near rivers. It has soft leaves suggesting it prefers shaded conditions the flowers is produced successively on short pendulous spikes. We grow the plant mounted on cork where its flowers can be seen but they are very […]

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365 days of orchids – day 235 – Epidendrum ciliare

This attractive epidendrum species is found right through Central America and down through Colombia, Ecuador and Peru. Out of flower it looks very like a uni-foliate cattleya but soon shows it’s unique character when the flower spikes appear. Spikes produce up to six large flowers evolved to attract a moth pollinator although it offers no reward and […]

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365 days of orchids – day 234 – Phalaenopsis equestris

This miniature Phalaenopsis species is native to the Philippines and Southern Taiwan where it is reported growing as an epiphyte in lowland forest near streams. The small flowers are produced on arching spikes that continue to grow for several months with successive flowers each lasting about a month. This plant was deflasked about five years […]

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365 days of orchids – day 233 – Bulbophyllum comberi

One of our smaller growing and flowering bulbophyllums is this species native to Malaysia, Java and Borneo. We grow the species mounted and it produces dangling stems of small single leaved pseudobulbs and flowers several times a year from the base of the pseudobulbs. The flowers are small but an attractive dark red and they […]

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