This extraordinary orchid is the Violet Birds Nest Orchid – Limodirum abortivum. As a saprophyte it relies on mycorrhizal fungus and has no leaves.
This is the ‘blue’ variety of Cattleya intermedia and just one of the three clones we showed at London. The species is bifoliate (two leaves on each pseudobulb) and comes from the Mata Atlantica (coastal Eastern Brazil) where we have seen it growing in forest at 1000m although it is present right down to scrub […]
The highlight of day 2 was Orchis italica (The Italian man orchid) He does look great in his big hat
One of the more subtle species on our London display was this fragrant orchid. This Prosthechea species native to Venezuela (as the name would suggest) as well as Colombia and Ecuador. It is reported to grow in wet lowland forests and so we are growing it in Warm Americas (Min 16C) at bench level where […]
This stunning little dendrobium species was hanging above our laminar flow cabinet at London and thankfully made it back to the greenhouse in good condition. Dendrobium lindleyi is a compact species that produces masses for relatively large flowers in early summer. This plant was deflasked in 2010 and produces a great display every year. The […]