Coelogyne stricta – 365 days of orchids – day 1513

Spring wouldn’t be spring without today’s giant coelogyne species from the Himalayas. The species is native to the Himalayas and we have seen some wonderful specimen plants flowering in the forests of Sikkim at around 2000m altitude in cool moist monsoon forest. One plant in particular had completely enveloped the trunk of a large tree […]


Masdevallia lucernula – 365 days of orchids – day 1512

Masdevallia lucernula is possibly the most dramatic of our small growing Masdevallia species. Several Masdevallia species have very bright flowers but M. lucernula must be our brightest species and with its scarlet tubular flowers positively glowing against its dark green leaves. The name means little lantern which a great name to reference the shape and […]


Cattleya trianae ‘alba’ – 365 days of orchids – day 1511

The winter sun is growing in strength despite the low temperatures this week and this morning is lighting up the lovely white flowers of Cattleya trianae ‘alba’ This orchid is a very reliable spring flowering species which thrives in our Warm Americas section. We find that we have different clones flowering from early February (alba […]


Aerangis hyaloides – 365 days of orchids – day 1510

Aerangis hyaloides is the smallest flowered of all our Aerangis species and endemic to Madagascar. The species produces a massed flower spikes of densely packed little flowers and gives a wonderful display for its diminutive stature – the plant here is in a 5.5cm pot. The species is found in warm mossy forests in shade […]


Restrepia muscifera – 365 days of orchids – day 1509

Many of our Restrepia species flower on and off throughout the year but most have a peak flowering time, and for Restrepia muscifera the peak flowering is in February. Restrepia muscifera is very reliable and floriferous species in our Cool Americas section. Restrepia muscifera is a variable small growing species found from Central America through […]