Vanda coerulea – 365 days of orchids – day 1021

Today’s ‘coerulea’ is not a grey blue but the dramatic bright blue of Vanda coerulea. This dramatic species flowers several times throughout the year but is usually at is best in October. Our plant is nearly 3m tall and has five spikes of flowers. Unfortunately the attractiveness of the species has caused it to become […]


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 […]