WSBEorchids

365 days of orchids – day 269 – Aerangis brachycarpa

This stunning species is native to East Africa from Ethiopia through Malawi, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda and south to Zambia and Angola. It is found in highland forests (1500-2300m) in deep shade on tree trunks. The plants are quite stout for Aerangis and this plant that we de-flasked in 2005 has taken twelve years to reach […]

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365 days of orchids – day 268 – Oncidium excavatum

  This is a terrestrial species found in Peru and Ecuador where it grows on steep banks from 2400 to 2800m altitude in cool forest. Like many of the terrestrial oncidiums it has long upright flower spikes to present the flowers above surrounding vegetation and the flowers are clustered near the top of the branched […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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