Sixth form science students sowing orchid seed in research projects

A level science students are carrying out independent research projects based on techniques they learnt about at Kew when we visited Jonathan Kendon at the Jodrell Laboratories. Each student is working with seed from a different orchid species. They have investigated TZ testing for seed viability and are now assessing the amount of surface sterilisation […]


365 days of orchids – day 681 – Epidendrum melanoporphyreum

Melanoporphyreum means black and purple which is a pretty good name for this epidendrum from Peru with unusually coloured flowers. Epidendrum melanoporphyreum is a close relative of Epidendrum paniculatum which we featured last week and grows in similar cool wet forests at around 1500m altitude so is well suited to our Cool Asia section. The flowers […]