Cattleya cernua – 365 days of orchids – day 1064

We are always keen to link our orchids to their pollinators and so the habitats they come from. This species is a classic humming bird pollinated flower from Brazil with its scarlet flowers and tubular lip. This is a Brazilian miniature species, with 4cm long leaves and 3cm bulbs, until recently known as Sophronitis cernua. […]


Aerangis verdickii – 365 days of orchids – day 1062

It is Aerangis week in the greenhouse with several species in flower. Aerangis verdickii is one of our most significant species as we are working with FAWE School Rwanda on student experiments to reintroduce the species to trees in Kigali. This Aerangis species is found right across central and east Africa where it grows in […]


Guarianthe bowringiana (Cattleya bowringiana) – 365 days of orchids – day 1061

We have another ‘Cattleya’ today to go with yesterday’s Cattleya pumila. This species is native to Central America and has been reclassified as Guarianthe as its phylogeny separates it from the cattleyas of South America.  We have several plants of this species, most are pink and one (the coerulea variety) is purply blue. Coerulea is […]