This charismatic species always takes me back to the lowland forests of Guatemala where I first saw it growing in the wild and with a warm day in the greenhouse it reallt feels as if I am there. The flowers are always held slightly pendulously, emerging from the newest leaf and held clear of the […]
From the Americas we have Masdevallia venusta and Restrepia cuprea Dendrobium loddigesii and Dendrobium pendulum from Asia and …. Bulbophyllum falcatum ‘alba’ from Central Africa.
Yesterday’s Angraecum was a pretty little straggling plant and today’s Epidendrum is another straggly plants but on an altogether granger scale. We have seen the species growing in Costa Rica in wet secondary forest at around 1400m altitude where the plant starts life at or near the ground and then scrambles up through the scrub. […]
This mass of roots and small white flowers is Agreacum erectum. The species has been in flower for months and now it is mature flowers on and off throughout the year. The 1cm flowers are evolved for moth pollination in common with most species in the genus and are fragrant especially at night. This unusual […]
This remarkable orchid with enormous flowers (possibly the heaviest of orchid flowers) is Stanhopea tigrina. The plant showed is a ten year old seedling from our school propagation laboratory (it has been well worth the wait) and the photo with my hand shows the majesty of these flowers. Stanhopea tigrina is a warm growing epiphytic […]