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Dracula deltoidea – 365 days of orchids – day 1486

This spectacular orchid is Dracula deltoidea. Draculas are a close relatives of Masdevallias, and a genus in which many species produce a fantastic show of flowers. Dracula deltoidea is entering its main flowering period and has smaller flowers than most of our other Dracula species, but makes up for this in the number of flowers […]

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Stelis aprica – 365 days of orchids – day 1485

Today we have Stelis aprica – a larger growing species than yesterday’s Stelis tridentata but with smaller flowers. Other differences include the flower spikes being longer and more arching in Stelis aprica and the leaves are longer and thinner rather than short and broad in Stelis tridentata. Stelis aprica is native to the coastal cloud […]

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Stelis tridentata – 365 days of orchids – day 1484

We have several miniature Stelis species in flower this month and Stelis tridentata is a delicate and free flowering example. Stelis tridentata has 3cm oval leaves on short stems and each produces a 6cm flower spike of about 40 3mm flowers. The flowers are a diaphanous creamy gold. The species has a wide native range […]

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Gongora unicolor – 365 days of orchids – day 1483

This is the second Gongora species we have features this week and like Gongora nigropunctata (below) – which is still in flower – has long pendulous spikes of fragrant flowers. Gongora unicolor, like all Gongoras,¬†uses perfume as a reward for pollinating Euglossine Bees. The male bees collect perfume off the slippery flowers and use it […]

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