One of the great things of posting our orchids every day is that we can spot changes in flowering times and identify the plants that flower several times a year. This species last flowered in September for the Bristol University Pollination day. There are many of our cooler growing species that flower both in the Autumn and the Spring and we have observed this in the wild too. We have visited the Mata Atlantica, Barazil, in April and in October and both times we found lots of Cattleya coccinea flowering.
Back to today’s orchid, this is one of our smaller Dendrochilum species and in common with most of the genus it produces a pendant spike of delicate little fragrant flowers.
The species is native to the Philippines where it grows from 660-2250m altitude. We find that our plant does best cool and damp in our Cool Americas section (yes we know the Philippines isn’t in the Americas) as it enjoys the conditions we provide for our Masdevallias.