The holidays have arrived but life goes on in the Orchid house and yesterday morning I was struck by this little miniature flowering on mounts, in pots and in baskets around Cool Americas. Most Stelis species have spikes of small flowers but these are smaller than most (the plant is in a 3cm pot) […]
As we have said before, Christmas is very pink in the Orchid Project and for volume of flowers there is none to compare with our old specimen of Barkeria skinneri. This plant arrived as a seedling twenty years ago and has grown into a terrific specimen. The species is native to Mexico where it […]
Today’s prize orchid has to be this remarkable Pleurothallis laden with thousands of golden flowers. We are massive fans of the diverse genus Pleurothallis and some of the species produce massive amounts of flower. This species is one we have yet to positively identify (i will add a close up of a single flower once […]
Our final event of the year was the Christmas Concert where the Nose Flute Orchestra played to a very appreciative crowd, the plant team sold orchids and Ed sold more nose flutes to raise money for the Penan Village School. Our volunteers have been amazing this term, well done to all.
Dracula amaliae (day1093) is not the only dracula gracing Cool Americas this week as we also have the massed flowers of Dracula deltoidea. Draculas are spectacular relatives of Masdevallia and a genus with many species produce a fantastic show of flowers. Dracula deltoidea that is flowering this week has smaller flowers than most of our […]