Cymbidium elegans – 365 days of orchids – day 1379

A real treat every autumn is this appropriately named Cymbidium (it is very elegant). Cymbidium elegans is native to the Himalayas where we have seen it growing abundantly in forests above Gangtok (capital of Sikkim) as well as in North Sikkim and Arunachal Pradesh. Unfortunately we have always visited the Himalayas in the spring (great […]


Coelogyne x intermedia added to the shop

At Writhlington we grow 900 different orchid species and a small number of interesting primary hybrids. Coelogyne x intermedia (above)  is a natural hybrid between two of our favourite Coelogynes; Coelogyne cristata and Coelogyne flaccida (below). We have seen both species growing close together in Sikkim during our five school expeditions to this wonderful part […]


Coelogyne speciosum var. albicans – 365 days of orchids – day 1377

Another of our regular autumn orchids is this large flowered coelogyne with a magnificent hairy lip adapted for pollination by large bees. Coelogyne speciosum is native to Malaysia, Borneo, Java and Sumatra where it is reported from 700-2000m altitude. This variety (albicans) has more white on the lip and a light green flower colour than […]