WSBEorchids

365 days of orchids – day 467 – Schomburgkia splendida

Schomburgkia is a genus related to Cattleya that includes a number of large growing plants with impressive spikes of unusual flowers. Schomburgkia splendida is native to Ecuador and Colombia where it grows on trees and rocks in dryish forests around 600- 1000m. We therefore grow the species in open compost in a basket high in […]

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365 days of orchids – day 466 – Lepanthes elegantula

  Lepanthes is a fascinating genus of mostly miniature orchids from tropical South and Central America that use deceit pollination similar to our native bee orchid by mimicking the sexual parts of a female fungus gnat to attract a male that pollinates the flower. Lepanthes elegantula is one of the larger flowered species though still […]

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365 days of orchids – day 465 – Dendrobium chrysotoxum

  Another yellow dendobium today and one we have seen growing in southern Laos. Dendrobium chrysotoxum is native to seasonally dry forest monsoon forests and we found it in several locations at around 1000m around Paksong on the Bolaven Plateau. Plants were mostly growing on the trunk and lower branches of large trees in good […]

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365 days of orchids – day 464 – Dendrobium fimbriatum

According to Otto and Ed, this is an orchid species worth celebrating. Dendrobium fimbriatum is an orchid we have seen growing abundantly in Sikkim and Arunachal Pradesh in semi-deciduous trees in warm lowland forests up to about 1000m. In the wild it makes large dramatic specimens just like this one in our Warm Asia section. Flowers […]

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