365 days of orchids – day 389 – Pleurothallis gargantua (corrected to Pleurothallis marthae)

This fabulous orchid is a real oddity with its very large (40cm diameter) lily pad like leaves on 90cm long stems. The flowers are the largest of any of our pleurothallis though they are quite small for the size of the plant. A real bonus is the plant’s habit of flowering several times each year. […]


365 days of orchids – day 387 – Masdevallia polysticta ‘yellow’

On day 337 we brought you Masdevallia polysticta ‘blue’ and today we have a yellow clone of this variable and small growing species. Native to cool cloud forests in Ecuador and Peru from 1600 to 3000m altitude the species enjoys cool damp conditions and these are shown in the moss that has grown naturally on this […]


365 days of orchids – day 386 – Bulbophyllum picturatum

This dramatic species is native to lowland forest in Thailand and Myanmar where it grows as an epiphyte in evergreen trees. The intricate flowers are produces in a terminal semicircular circular umbel like group. This habit is common in a large group of Bulbophyllums once called cirrhopetalums. The large creamy yellow tube at the bottom […]