365 days of orchids – day 298 – Stelis patinaria

  Stelis patinaria is another stelis species endemic to Ecuador and its cloud forests. This species produces two opposite rows of flowers on each spike reminiscent of little bird’s beaks and the ginger red colour contrasts wonderfully with the glossy green leaves. The mossy basket here shows the conditions we grow the plant in. We […]


365 days of orchids – day 297 – Pleurothallis loranthophylla

Today’s orchid is the third Pleurothallis in a row – what a fantastic genus. This species produces really pretty flowers in long pendulous spikes and gives a great display. Pleurothallis loranthophylla is native to wet forests from sea level right up to 2100m and is found from Costa Rica through to South America and as […]


365 days of orchids – day 296 – Pleurothallis linearifolia

This is a true miniature species native to Brazil and Northern Argentina where it grows in cloud forest. Leaves are only 1cm long but flowers are relatively large and bourn in profusion every autumn. We find plants do well mounted or in pots and baskets but we need to ensure that plants are not smothered […]