WSBEorchids

Pleurothallis truncata – 365 days of orchids – day 1726

Pleurothallis truncata is usually a Christmas orchid with us but has clearly noticed that Santas have appeared in many shops already and is feeling the yule tide spirit in October. This unusual species produces chains of tiny globular orange flowers that hardly open but give the most wonderful display. The species is endemic to Ecuador […]

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Restrepia antenifera ‘gigantea’ – 365 days of orchids – day 1725

This week we have been repotting and propagating some of our restrepias including this wonderful South American species. Restrepia antenifera ‘gigantea’ is our largest growing Restrepia species and it carries enormous (for restrepias) flowers with a 3cm long synsepal. Restrepia antenifera is the type species for the genus and is found in cool forests, usually […]

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Cattleya perrinii – 365 days of orchids – day 1724

October is Cattleya perrinii time in our greenhouse – a chance to appreciate this gorgeous species from Brazil. Cattleya perrinii is a medium sized plant with flowers 12cm across that are very large for the plant. This lovely orchid is native to the Mata Atlantica coastal forests of eastern Brazil. It is found at around […]

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Dendrobium aliofolium – 365 days of orchids – day 1723

This is an orchid with lovely fleshy leaves and rather insignificant tiny white flowers. We have come across a number of orchids related to this species in our visits to the Himalayas in Sikkim, Laos and Sarawak, all with intriguing interlocking fleshy leaves and terminal flowers. Dendrobium aliofolium is the one with the smallest flowers […]

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Stelis genychila – 365 days of orchids – day 1722

Stelis genychila is one of the highlights of our autumn greenhouse with its unusual large dark flowers.   Stelis is a genus closely related to Masdevallias and Pleurothallis. They are not widely grown in collections but the orchid project has been a big fan since exploring the forests of Brazil and Costa Rica where students […]

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