365 days of orchids – day 267 – Restrepia antenifera ‘gigantea’

This is our largest growing Restrepia species and it carries flowers with a 3cm long synsepal.¬†Restrepia antenifera is the type species for the genus and is found in cool forests, usually on trunks, from 1600 to 3500m altitude in Peru, Ecuador, Colombia and Venezuela. We find the species does well in pots, baskets or mounted […]


365 days of orchids – day 266 – Platystele misera

Misera means insignificant which seems very harsh on this pretty miniature species found in Colombia, Ecuador and Peru. (Perhaps the English¬†botanist John Lindley was having a bad day when he named it!) This is the second Platystele to feature in 365 days (see Platystele misasiana Day 85) and this one has 1mm flowers that bloom […]


365 days of orchids – day 265 – Lepanthopsis prolifera

Just 100 days to go! This tiny flowered species which is endemic to North Eastern Colombia arrived in the school greenhouses as a ‘weed’ on Pleurothallis sclerophylla and has since expanded into a ball and produced many offspring. The flowers are produced in sprays on a 1cm spike and usually line up back to back […]