WSBEorchids

Pleurothallis obovata – 365 days of orchids – day 1729

Lunchtimes this week have been dedicated to a a thorough Autumn clean up in the greenhouse and my team have been working really hard clearing moss and algae in our Cool Americas section. Amongst the plants being moved for the big clean was this floriferous little Pleurothallis species that generated a lot of interest from […]

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Oncidium excavatum – 365 days of orchids – day 1728

Oncidium excavatum is a robust species with long lasting flowers and is always a star of our Autumn greenhouse. Oncidium excavatum is a terrestrial species found in Peru and Ecuador where it grows on steep banks from 2400 to 2800m altitude in cool forest. Like many of the terrestrial oncidiums it has long upright flower […]

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Pleione x lagenaria – 365 days of orchids – day 1727

This lovely autumn flowering Pleione species has an interesting story to tell. I first came across Pleione x lagenaria on the cover of my Pleione book (Cribb and Butterfield, 1999, The Genus Pleione, Kew Publishing) with its blush pink flowers and stunning lip in red, white and yeallow. The book (which is a good read […]

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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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