Native orchid of the day – Autumn Lady’s Tresses (Spiranthes spiralis)

We were on the Dorset coast on Thursday and the Autumn Lady’s Tresses were the best we have seen there in the last few years. The tiny species gets its name from the attractive spiral of flowers up the spike. This orchid needs really short turf to flourish and the grazing regime around Dancing Ledge […]


Pleurothallis sonderana – 365 days of orchids – day 987

Our most exciting mini-miniature at the Bee and Pollination festival is Pleurothallis sonderana and I am sure it will cause a lot of interest. The leaves are 2-3cm long and this mature plant (we have a few) is covered in the 3mm yellow flowers. It is gnat pollinated. The species is endemic to Southern Brazil where […]


Stelis genychila – 365 days of orchids – day 986

  Packing plants for tomorrow’s Pollination Festival at the Bristol University Botanic Gardens it is good to see that we have a diversity of Stelis species to demonstrate the importance of tiny midge and gnat pollinators, and show that it is not all about bees. Stelis is a genus closely related to Masdevallias and Pleurothallis. […]