365 days of orchids – day 482 – Guarianthe skinneri ‘alba’ (Cattleya skinneri ‘alba’)

I am surprised to see that this is the first time we have features the wonderful national flower of Costa Rica. In Costa Rica the species is known as guaria morada and when DNA evidence suggested that it should be moved from the genus Cattleya a new genus was created that reflected the Costa Rican […]


365 days of orchids – day 481 – Cymbidium aliofolium

After yesterday’s Vanda ampulacea we have another Sikkim lowland species today in Cymbidium aliofolium. We have seen several very large plants in the forests of Sikkim and Assam from 100m to 800m altitude. Many plants in the wild are enormous and can circle a large tree with their long lived, tough, thick leaves and extensive root […]