Aerides houlettiana – 365 days of orchids – day 1644

This is our third Aerides species of the summer. Aerides houlettiana is a flamboyant orchid that transports us to the forest of Southern Laos. Our expeditions to Laos in 2005, 2008 and 2011 allowed us the opportunity to explore the rich forests of the Bolaven Plateau where this species grew. We collected seed from a […]


Restrepia condorensis – 365 days of orchids – day 1643

We have another floriferous miniature orchid for you today. Restrepia condorensis is a small growing species with long thin flowers in a startling pinky-red and a real show stopper. The species is endemic to Ecuador and grows in cool wet forests with the conditions we replicate in our Cool Americas section. We find that the […]


Angraecum elephantinum – 365 days of orchids – day 1642

We are in the season of short summer nights but visiting the greenhouse after dark is a must to appreciate the heady scent of this miniature orchid with enormous flowers. The name Angraecum elephantinum means gigantic angraecum but it is actually one of our smallest Angraecum species. This plant is flowering for the fifth time […]


Still time to vote for the School students working for rainforest conservation and educational equality

The vote closes on Friday for the people’s vote in the Amazon Longitude Explorer Prize.  Six Students (Rainforest DRAGeN Project) at Mendip Studio School are in the finals of this technology innovation prize and need your vote to help them put their idea into practice. Watch their video here and vote for their project winning the ‘peoples […]


Odontoglossum multistellare – 365 days of orchids – day 1641

Odontoglossum multistellare certainly lives up to its name and every summer produces branched spikes of attractive, star shaped, flowers, and a small plant produces a lot of flower for its size. Our largest plant shown above has 300 flowers this year. Odontoglossum multistllare is a cool growing species found in cloud forests at around 2000m […]