WSBEorchids

Cattleya schilleriana – 365 days of orchids – day 1592

This very distinct and dramatic cattleya species is cattleya schilleriana. The species has possibly the most restricted natural range of any of the bi-foliate cattleyas (two leaves on each pseudobulb) as it has only been found in the Rio Jucu district of Espirito Santo, and sadly is reported as probably extinct in the wild by […]

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Masdevallia coccinea – 365 days of orchids – day 1591

One of the star orchids of the greenhouse in early summer is Masdevallia coccinea. Masdevallia coccinea is a very rewarding species and produces masses of large brightly coloured flowers in a range of colours including white, yellow, red and pink. It comes from Colombia and Peru where it grows in cool wet forest up to […]

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Porroglossum meridionale – 365 days of orchids – day 1590

This is a free flowering miniature native to Ecuador and Peru where it is found from 1400-1800m. With us the plant is slow growing but flowers are very long lasting and they repeat flower from the same flower stems so the species is invariably in flower. The has stiff glaucous leaves which suggest a natural […]

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Schoenorchis scolopendria – 365 days of orchids – day 1589

This unusual species is a miniature that hugs the bark of its mount and produces a creeping stem of alternate leaves (giving the species its name meaning millipede like). The flowers are small but bright pink and produced over a long period when the plant is happy. Schoenorchis scolopendria is native to northern Laos and […]

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Bulbophyllum collettii – 365 days of orchids – day 1589

Compared to yesterday’s Bulbophyllum nymphopolitanum, today’s Bulbophyllum collettii is is much more visually striking with deep red flowers in a umbel and extraordinary lateral sepals so that the flowers rather dwarf the compact plant. Bulbophyllum collettii is native to forests from India to Northern Thailand. Its intricate flowers attract fly pollinators and a really worth […]

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