Pleurothallis urseolata – 365 days of orchids – day 1166

     We have some very flowery orchids in the greenhouse this weekend but this may win on flower count alone. Many pleurothallis species are small plants or even tiny miniatures but some like this species are large dramatic plants with thousands of small flowers on a mature plant. This plant stands 60cm high and is […]


Cattleya trianae – 365 days of orchids – day 1165

It was snowing hard as I arrived at school yesterday morning (it didn’t settle) but inside the greenhouse the mood was much more tropical with the National Flower of Colombia – Cattleya trianae painting a flamboyant picture against the snow speckled glass. IThis is the standard form of the species with large pink flowers with […]


Trichoglottis pusilla – 365 days of orchids – day 1164

This species won miniature orchid of the year, 2019, in our public vote, and I understand why. The plants are tiny (5cm across) and the flowers are relatively large and wonderfully striped. Trichoglottis pusilla is native to Java where it grows in rain forest from 1000 to 2000m altitude. We grow this species mounted in Warm Asia […]


Coelogyne lawreneana – 365 days of orchids – day 1163

I am surprised to find that we have never featured this large flowered coelogyne on 365 days – it is long overdue. Coelogyne lawrenceana is a warm growing species from the Himalayas through to Vietnam. We have seen related species in Laos as terrestrials and epiphytes usually growing in shade with luch green leaves and […]


Dendrobium infundibulum – 365 days of orchids – day 1163

This large flowered, dramatic Dendrobium (the pseudobulbs are now over 1m in length) is native to the Eastern Himalayas from Assam through China, Thailand, Laos and Vietnam. We find it does best grown warm (we give it a minimum of 16C) where it seems to flower well without a marked rest period. The long pseudobulbs […]