WSBEorchids

365 days of orchids – day 724 – Acampe papiliosa

The is a great diversity amongst the asian relatives of Vanda. This species produces¬†a medium sized plant with relatively small but highly fragrant flowers. The species is native the the Eastern Himalayas through South East Asia and we have seen the species growing in lowland forests in Southern Laos where plants experience hot wet summers […]

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365 days of orchids – day 723 – Barkeria whartoniana

As usual in December our Warm Americas section is dominated by barkeria species including Barkeria skinneri, Barkeria lindleyana and this species which is smaller flowered but very floriferous. Barkeria whartoniana is native to Oaxaca state, Mexico, where it grows in dry deciduous forest either as an epiphyte of on rocks . As a result it […]

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Orchids in a Bauble

This Christmas Issy is offering something new – an Orchid in a Bauble. The idea is part of her STEM BTEC (STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) and she has been selling glass baubles containing the amazing miniature orchid Lepanthopsis prolifera growing on sphagnum moss. Lepanthosis prolifera is a tiny flowered species, endemic […]

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365 days of orchids – day 722 – Cattleya dolosa

This cattleya species from Brazil was considered a natural hybrid from its discovery and first description in 1874. It was found growing with Cattleya walkeriana and was thought to be Cattleya walkeriana x Cattleya loddigessii or similar. Recent molecular studies have indicated that it is not a natural hybrid and is actually a species in […]

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365 days of orchids – day 721 – Gongora grossa

To go alongside yesterday’s Gongora maculata we have the beautifully scented Gongora Grossa. Gongora grossa is another of the larger flowered species and the scent is powerfully spicy and filling Warm Asia where it grows (despite coming from the Americas). It also has particularly long horns protruding down from the lip. Gongora grossa¬†comes from wet […]

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