Oncidium maculatum – 365 days of orchids – day 1158

This morning I noticed that our Oncidium maculatum have burst into flower. Oncidium maculatum is native to Mexico and Central America where it grows in wet forests from 1000 to 2000m altitude. This habitat suggests it would be happy in either our Warm Americas or our Cool Americas sections and we have grown it in […]


Leptotoes pohlitinocoi – 365 days of orchids – day 1157

We have a real theme this week with small pink and red Brazilian species, pollinated by Hummingbirds. This little orchid from Bahia, Brazil is similar to Leptotes bicolor (below) with small terete leaves but eh flowers are bright flowers and produced in ones and twos. Its leaves are finer than Leptotes bicolor and the flowers […]


Sophronitella violacea – 365 days of orchids – day 1155

We still have Cattleya coccinea in flower (below) and it has just been joined by the related Sophronitella violacea which is also hummingbird pollinated. Sophronitella violacea is native to Organ Mountains in Brazil where it grows in forests around 1000m and its flowers are 2.5cm across which is really rather large for this tiny species […]