Masdevallia bulbophyllopsis – 365 days of orchids – day 1770

Masdevallia bulbophyllopsis is one of our smaller growing but vigorous masdevallias with 4cm leaves and 15cm flower spikes with about 6-12 flowers on each. As you can see it does well for us in a small basket though we also find it does well in pots and flowers over a long period through the winter […]


Scaphasepalum beluosum – 365 days of orchids – day 1769

This floriferous orchid is Scaphosepalum beluosum that produces masses of unusual 1cm flowers, opening successively on horizontal and pendulous spikes over many months so that mature plants are always in flower. The 15cm long, broad leaves are attractively tinged with red and show that the plant appreciates a shaded spot away from direct sunlight reflecting […]


Odontoglossum manuelaresii – 365 days of orchids – day 1768

   After yesterday’s stinky Bulbophyllum phalaenopsis we have the beautifully fragrant Odontoglossum manuelaresii today that fills your nostrils with a gorgeous scent similar to Lily of the Valley – or as my year 9’s say ‘Posh hand cream’. Odontoglossum manuelaraisii is another of the species traditionally included in the genus Odontoglossum but now moved to […]


Bulbophyllum phalaenopsis – 365 days of orchids – day 1767

Our smelliest orchid is in flower and this time has two large flower spikes each with about 18 large, unusual and very stinky flowers. Bulbophyllum phalaenopsis is native to lowland forests in New Guinea where it grows as an epiphyte in deep shade. It has several remarkable characteristics including the enormous leaves. Our plant’s longest […]


Barbosella handroi – 365 days of orchids – day 1766

Our wonderful and heavily awarded Barbosella handroi specimen is once again in full flower (above) – as are our smaller plants (below) This tiny orchid – the leaves are just 1cm long  – produces the most extraordinary display every autumn, with flowers from old and new leaves that almost hide the plant. Barbosella handroi is […]