WSBEorchids

Dryadella edwalii – 365 days of orchids – day 752

It is fortunate that the students in Orchid Project are observant or we could miss some spectacular events like the flowering of this miniature species.   Dryadella edwalii is a relative of Masdevallia is native to the Mata Atlantica cloud forests of Eastern Brazil. Students recorded Dryadella species on our 2005 expedition to Brazil on […]

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Masdevallia attenuata- 365 days of orchids – day 751

Today’s species is miniature and the plant shown here in its 3cm pot has 4cm leaves and lots of single flowers on 4cm stems. Masdevallia minuta is native to Costa Rica to Ecuador and is a mini-miniature and we have a number of species with similar flowers (probably attracting similar pollinators) but this is the smallest […]

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Phalaenopsis mannii- 365 days of orchids – day 750

We are delighted that our favourite Phalaenopsis species is back in flower. Phalaenopsis mannii regularly flowers with us from January right through until July and despite the rigours of 2018 when it travelled to Paris in March (where it won the Best Phalalaenopsis trophy at the European Orchid Show) London in April, and to Malvern […]

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Coelogyne multiflora – 365 days of orchids – day 749

Coelogyne multiflora from the island of Sulawesi just east of Borneo is one of our large, warm growing Coelogynes. The broad leaves are 70cm long but conveniently upright and the dramatic flower spikes form from the centre of new growths in the early spring. I challenge student to count the flowers each time the species […]

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Dendrobium gracilicaule – 365 days of orchids – day 748

  This delicate Australian dendrobium is new to 365 days of orchids and is sometimes forgotten alongside the much larger growing species that flower a little later in the year such as Dendrobium speciosum and Dendrobium x delicatum but its nodding creamy yellow flowers with red spotted reverses are very charming. This species is a […]

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