Cattleya maxima ‘coerulea’ – 365 days of orchids – day 1020

After yesterday’s unusual blue orchid we have a different version of ‘blue’ today with the coerulea variety of Cattleya maxima. Coerulea means blue but in this case the flowers are a very pale grey version of blue but despite this they are elegant large flowers with the delicate shape and intricate lip characteristic of Cattleya […]


Cleisocentrum merrillium – 365 days of orchids – day 1019

Today we have one of our stranger orchids with very unusual blue grey flowers which we find rather difficult to photograph accurately. This remarkable orchid is endemic to Mount Kinabalu where it grows in wet evergreen forest above 1000m. The species has striking greyish, blue flowers with a purple anther cap and field observations show […]


Stenoglottis longifolia – 365 days of orchids – day 1018

Our Stenoglottis area in our Temperate section is a picture this week with multiple sprays of small pink spotty flowers. We have a mixture of Stenoglottis longifolia – originally donated as seedlings in vitro by Keith Andrew in 1995 – Stenoglottis fimbriata – purchased soon afterwards – and the hybrid between the two species which […]