Ansellia africana – 365 days of orchids – day 1525

  This knock out orchid is stealing the show again in the School Greenhouse. Seeing this orchid flowering reminds me of our wonderful trips to Africa where this species is appropriately known as the Leopard Orchid. Ansellia africana, the Leopard Orchid, is found right across tropical Africa from South Africa in the South, where we […]


Pleurothallis pallida – 365 days of orchids – day 1524

Some botanists are hopeless in selecting names and beautiful orchids like this small growing Pleurothallis species end up with uninspiring names that don’t do them justice. Pleurothallis pallida is endemic to Panama where it grows in warm wet forest making it more heat tolerant than some of our smaller pleurothallids. Attractive sprays of pale pink […]


Bulbophyllum picturatum – 365 days of orchids – day 1523

  We always have at least one Bulbophyllum species in flower and Bulbophyllum picturatum always flowers in February. Bulbophyllum is an extraordinary genus and we have seen bulbophyllum species in our trips to: Sarawak – where bulbophyllum purpurescens is a common orchid in lowland forest (image below in wet forest) Rwanda where we found Bulbophyllum […]