365 days of orchids – day 513 – Bulbophyllum purpurascens

This pretty little bulbophyllum has an unlikely name meaning the purple bulbophyllum but this refers to the purplish colour of the leaves not the light yellow flowers! The species is native to Thailand, Myanmar and Malaysia where it grows as an epiphyte in evergreen montane forest from around 900-1700 m and we find it does […]


365 days of orchids – day 512 – Cleisocentrum merrillium

This remarkable orchid is endemic to Mount Kinabalu where it grows in wet evergreen forest above 1000m. The species has striking greyish, blue flowers with a purple anther cap and field observations show that the flowers are ant pollinated which explained the clustered flowers on very short spikes. We grow the species in small baskets […]


365 days of orchids – day 511 – Cattleya lobata ‘coerulea’ (Laelia lobata)

This beautiful orchid is endemic to Brazil where it has a very restricted range south of Rio de Janeiro growing on exposed rocks near the sea where they grow exposed to sun, spray and anything the Brazilian weather an throw at them. The species has a reputation for being a shy bloomer but the secret […]