WSBEorchids

Brassia verrucosa – 365 days of orchids – day 1033

As you probably have seen many of our plants are enjoying film star status at the Aardman Studios in Bristol for a wildlife film. Brassia verrucosa has just returned from the studios with its wonderful large flowers. Remarkably research suggests that the flowers are spider mimics and are pollinated by a spider hunting wasp that […]

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Dendrochilum cobbianum – 365 days of orchids – day 1032

Last month we featured our enormous Dendrochilum magnum plant and today we have the closely related Dendrochilum cobbianum with 68 flower spikes reaching perfection. This makes it the best year yet beating 2018 (below) when it had 60 flower spikes with a total  of over 2000 flowers.   This stunning orchid species is native to the […]

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Oncidium excavatum – 365 days of orchids – day 1030

This very stately Oncidium is a terrestrial species found in Peru and Ecuador where it grows on steep banks from 2400 to 2800m altitude in cool forest. Like many of the terrestrial oncidiums it has long upright flower spikes to present the flowers above surrounding vegetation and the flowers are clustered near the top of the […]

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Lepanthopsis prolifera – 365 days of orchids – day 1029

  In contrast to yesterday’s large flowered cattleya we have one of our smallest flowered orchids today. This tiny flowered species which is endemic to North Eastern Colombia arrived in the school greenhouses as a ‘weed’ on Pleurothallis sclerophylla and has since expanded into a ball and produced many offspring. The 2mm deep red flowers […]

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