WSBEorchids

Preparing seed and seedlings for Sarawak workshops

It is just over three weeks until twelve Orchid Project students head to Kuching for our second expedition to Sarawak. Each student will be running a workshop for the students at MRSM School and so preparation is well under way. Otto is sorting seedlings ready for de-flasking for Laura’s Deflasking workshop. Eleanor will be running the […]

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Epidendrum paniculatum – 365 days of orchids – day 1017

  A key focus for the displays of orchids at the Bristol Aquarium is the relationship between orchids and their diverse pollinators. Epidendrum paniculatum is a great example of a butterfly pollinated orchid and we were fortunate to observe a glass wing butterfly pollinating the similar Epidendrum piliatum in Costa Rica on our last school expedition […]

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Masdevallia guayanensis – 365 days of orchids – day 1016

As the year rolls by in the greenhouse each season brings old favourites into flower and this Masdevallia is a long anticipated treasure with its delicate flowers. Masdevallia guayanensis (despite its name) is found in Venezuela, and northern Brazil as well as Guyana and grows as an epiphyte in moist forest at around 1800m altitude. […]

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Pleurothallis tuerckheimii – 365 days of orchids – day 1015

Yesterday evening we went to the Bristol Aquarium to continue with the permanent orchid displays and it was great to see lots of the orchids there doing well. Some of the larger pleurothallis species were looking particularly good. They are looking good at school too and this lovely red species is in full flower. It […]

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Dendrochilum magnum – 365 days of orchids – day 1014

Today we celebrate one our fragrant monster plants. James gives some scale here to our plant which has over 40 spikes opening, each with around 80 flowers. The flowers are really fragrant with a smell has been described by visitors as ‘lovely’, ‘horrible’ and ‘weird’ reflecting its rather odd and hard to pin down fragrance. I […]

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