365 days of orchids – day 304 – Coelogyne barbata

  Barbata means ‘bearded’ and the bearded coelogyne is a truly spectacular thing. This plant has been growing in Cool Asia since 1998 and is rapidly becoming a specimen plant. This year there are eleven spikes each with about ten large flowers. The dark brown ‘beard’ on the lip is probably an evolutionary adaption to […]


365 days of orchids – day 302 – Aerangis verdickii

This Aerangis species is found right across central and east Africa where it grows in woodland and copes with seasonal dry periods by storing water in its thick roots which form an extensive root system over time. It has grey green, waxy leaves also evolved to reduce water loss. The large waxy flowers have 16cm spurs. […]


365 days of orchids – day 301 – Holcoglossum wangii

We have had this warm growing species native to southern China and Vietnam in our collection for sixteen years and the plant produces a single flower spike each autumn with large delicate flowers. The leaves are thin and terete suggesting a dryish natural habitat although it is reported to grow on mossy conifers in open but […]