WSBEorchids

365 days of orchids – day 334 – Masdevallia lehmannii

We have another fragrant species today. Masdevallia lehmannii is a multi-flowered Masdevallia species native to humid forests in Ecuador and Colombia at 2200-2400m altitude. The flowers have a strong sweet honey fragrance which we can’t think we have noticed in and other Masdevallias we grow. The flowers are attractively spotted and with the pendulous tails […]

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365 days of orchids – day 332 – Bulbophyllum mirum

This small growing Bulbophyllum species is native to forests in Malaysia and Indonesia where it grows at around 1000m altitude on mossy trees. We love it’s rather ridiculous looking flowers which are determined to be horizontal (very unusual in our collection) and it appears that it would be rather difficult for any pollinator to find […]

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365 days of orchids – day 331 – Angraecum sesquipedale

Angraecum sesqipedale has finally opened its large star like flower. It is currently slightly greenish and this will fade to a glowing creamy white in the next day or two. This species is commonly known as Darwin’s comet orchid reflecting the well known story of Darwin predicting that there must be a moth on Magagascar […]

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365 days of orchids – day 330 – Isabellia virginalis

Thanks to Ben for this great closeup of a fantastic miniature species from the Mata Atlantica, Brazil. It develops a particularly interesting basket weave of fibres around growths and pseudobulbs with just the sing leaves and flowers emerging from the protection of the baskets. I can’t find any thorough research on the evolutionary advantage of […]

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