Masdevallia dynastes – 365 days of orchids – day 1508

The flowers of this wonderful, small growing, Masdevallia always makes me think of the spotted heads of nestlings, poking up from the nest of leaves, with gaping mouths asking to be fed – what do you think?    Masdevallia dynastes is a very floriferous species endemic to cloud forests in Ecuador from 1400-2800m altitude. These […]


Pleurothallis urseolata – 365 days of orchids – day 1507

   This is one of our largest Pleurothallis speices and a wonderful sight this week. Many pleurothallis species are small plants or even tiny miniatures but some like this species are large dramatic plants with thousands of small flowers on a mature plant. This plant stands 80cm high and is still a relatively young plant. […]


Oncidium maculatum – 365 days of orchids – day 1506

Winter seems to have returned outside the greenhouse making the warmth inside especially welcome. A majestic species in flower this week is Oncidium maculatum. Oncidium maculatum is native to Mexico and Central America where it grows in wet forests from 1000 to 2000m altitude. This habitat suggests it would be happy in either our Warm […]


Adenoncos virens – 365 days of orchids – day 1505

We have had some giant orchids this week but todays orchid has such small green flowers that I almost missed the fact it was in flower! Adenoncos virens (the green adenoncos) is also the smallest flowered of the three Adenoncos species we grow at Writhlington. (See Adenoncos major and paviflora below) They may have small […]