WSBEorchids

365 days of orchids – day 355 – Odontoglossum cristatum (Oncidium cristatum)

This species is vigorous and free flowering and in Autumn and Spring produces long arching spikes of large flowers in glossy brown, red and white. Odontoglossum cristatum is native to Ecuador and Colombia where it is found in cloud forest from 1500-2600 m altitude and so it is very well suited to growing in our […]

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365 days of orchids – day 354 – Stelis lapoi

Today’s species is another that flowers for several months of the year. Stelis lapoi is one of our larger Stelis species with leaves reaching 20cm and long flower stems with partially opening 1cm flowers. The flowers bloom all together and when several stems flower together they look very attractive. The species is native to Ecuador […]

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365 days of orchids – day 353 – Restrepia striata

Our restrepias flower throughout the year but December is a particularly good month for them. Restrepia striata is one of our favourites with medium sized (3cm) flowers produces in profusion well clear of the leaves and giving a lovely display. The species is native to South America where it is found from Colombia to Peru […]

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365 days of orchids – day 352 – Bulbophyllum crassipes

This remarkable species is native to evergreen forests from Sikkim though the Himalayas to South East Asia. The flower spike has over 100 flowers tightly packed together so that they form a fantastic geometric ‘cone’. The pattern produced would make a lovely silk waistcoat! We have seen the species in Sikkim where it wraps itself […]

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