WSBEorchids

365 days of orchids – day 362 – Prosthechea bulbosa

This is another very fragrant Prosthechea species. The species is native to South Eastern Brazil where it grows as an epiphyte in cloud forest. It therefore enjoys growing cool and wet in our Cool Americas Section. This is a small plant and, as with most Prosthecheas, small plants will bloom and produce short spikes with […]

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365 days of orchids – day 361 – Cattleya loddigesii var.alba

We haven’t had snow this week but how is this for a white Christmas? Cattleya loddigesii is a bifoliate (two leaved) cattleya species from Brazil. The species grows near the Atlantic coast of Brail from 600-900m and was once common in the swampy forests along the regions rivers including the Rio Grande, Rio Tiete, Rio […]

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365 days of orchids – day 360 – Pleurothallis secunda (Corrected to Pleurothallis lindenii)

One of the first pleurothallis species to arrive in our collection in the early 1990s was Pleurothallis secunda. This is a medium sized plant that each Christmas produces a multitude of short pendulous flower stems that carry up to ten quite large (1.5cm) red and white flowers. The species is found from Venezuela to Peru […]

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365 days of orchids – day 359 (Christmas day) – Laelia anceps

Merry Christmas – we have present for you all in today’s orchid. Laelia anceps.  This species is widely reported as being a significant part of the Mexican festival, Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) which takes place at the end of October, but for us, this is a Christmas orchid. Perhaps it is […]

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