WSBEorchids

Coelogyne cristata – 365 days of orchids – day 1556

March in the school greenhouse is always Coelogyne cristata time with several clones of this wonderful species flowering together. All photographed this week we have Coelogyne cristata ‘limoniana’ with very pale yellow on the lip, the more usual variety with golden yellow on the lip and “alba’ with pure white flowers. As well as a […]

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Bulbophyllum triste – 365 days of orchids – day 1555

This Bulbophyllum is a true miniature and we have to remember to spot it flowering with its delightful cluster of dark red flowers produced like a tiny (1cm long) bunch of grapes. Bulbophyllum triste is found from the Western Himalayas through to South East Asia in seasonally dry forests from 800 to 1800m that experience […]

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Abdoninea minimiflora – 365 days of orchids – day 1554

We are delighted to see Abdominea minimiflora one of our favourite mini miniatures in flower again today. Minimiflora means ‘tiny flowered’ and this species lives up to its name. As you can see the whole plant (now quite a specimen) is 6cm across and the flowers are about 2mm across. The flowers themselves have a […]

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Paraphalaenopsis labukensis – 365 days of orchids – day 1553

This is an unusual orchid that flowers at the end of March every year with sculpural brown and cream flowers and long terete leaves. Paraphalaenopsis is a genus just four species endemic to Borneo, and since visiting to Sarawak in 2019 we have a special interest in this beautiful species. Paraphalaenopsis labukensis comes from near […]

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Schomburgkia lueddemannii – 365 days of orchids – day 1553

Here is the second or our Schomburgkia species and Schomburgkia lueddemannii is larger growing than Schomburgkia splendida (below) with larger, darker glossy flowers. Schomburgkia lueddemanii is found from Venezuela to Costa Rica and is found in hot lowland forest. As a result it enjoys good light and high temperatures and we grow plants in large […]

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