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Phalaenopsis deliciosa – 365 days of orchids – day 1685

Regulars will know that we grow a lot of miniature orchids and today we have one of our smallest Phalaenopsis species with 8cm leaves and long flowering, pendulous, spikes of delicate 1cm flowers. This tiny flowered Phalaenopsis is one that we have seen growing in Sikkim in hot valleys in seasonally dry forests where it […]

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Sobralia crocea – 365 days of orchids – day 1684

When ever we give greenhouse tours we enjoy showing the relationships between orchids and their pollinators. Sobralia crocea is a wonderful example of an orchid evolved for humming bird pollination whereas many sobralia species have very large flowers like our Sobralia macrantha (below) that are evolved for bee pollination. In Sobralia crocea the sepals and […]

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Coelogyne speciosa var.albicans – 365 days of orchids – day 1683

The summer can be a period with fewer species in flower but we can rely on warm growing Coelogynes to provide summer interest. Coelogyne speciosa is a real favourite as it is very floriferous and has enormous flowers with the most fantastic lip. This large flowered Coelogyne is native to Malaysia, Borneo, Java and Sumatra where […]

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Pleurothallis sub-picta – 365 days of orchids – day 1682

Pleurothallis sub-picta is one of our miniature pleurothallis species and it produces intriguing relatively large flowers on relaxed spikes. The species is native to Brazillian cloud forest around 1000m, a habitat we have explored in our two expeditions to the coastal rainforest of Rio State. The climate here is moist even  in the dryer winter […]

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Schoenorchis juncifolia – 365 days of orchids – day 1681

We have several clones of Schoenorchis juncifolia in flower this morning, a lovely pendulous species that produces masses of flowers. The plant shown here hangs more than a metre from its 8cm basket. Schoenorchis juncifolia flowers several times each year from its long pendulous stems and was last in flower in February. The species is […]

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