365 days of orchids – day 507 – Encyclia bractescens

This is a small growing delicate little Encyclia. The species comes from Central America and we have seen it in Belize a few miles inland from Belize city. Encyclias are Laelineae and so related to Cattleyas and Laelias that tend to have tall pseudobulbs and thick stiff leaves. Encyclia bractescens is something of an exception […]


365 days of orchids – day 506 – Cattleya warneri ‘alba’

  We have lots of South American cattleya species coming into flower in the greenhouse this week and on of the most dramatic is Cattleya warneri ‘alba’. This is a unifoliate cattleya (one leaved) and has very typical cattleya flowers which are large and frilly. The species is endemic to Brazil where it is found […]


365 days of orchids – day 505 – Pleurothallis sclerophyla

This is one of our favourite pleurothallis species and it is looking just amazing this morning. It comes from Brazil and produces a dramatic display when its long spike of spidery flowers in such profusion that they hide the leaves of the plant. We have seen the species flowering in Brazil where we found it growing […]