Masdevallia coccinea – 365 days of orchids – day 1920

Are masdevallia species have featured heavily lately and as May approaches we have the splendour of Masdevallia coccinea. Masdevallia coccinea is a very rewarding species and produces masses of large brightly coloured flowers in a range of colours including white, yellow, red and pink. It comes from Colombia and Peru where it grows in cool […]


Sobralia xantholauca – 365 days of orchids – day 1919

Today’s Sobralia is even bigger than yesterday’s Sobralia macrantha with caned up to 3m long. The species is native to Costa Rica, Panama and Colombia, where it grows as a terrestrial or epiphyte, produces its thin canes about 3m long, and in late spring these large (15cm across) flowers that last about two days. This […]


Sobralia macrantha – 365 days of orchids – day 1918

In complete contrast to yesterday’s miniature Stelis species, we have had an explosion of gigantic flowers on our Sobralias. This enormous flowered orchid has always been a real favourite for students responsible for our Warm Americas section Sobralia macrantha is found from Mexico to Costa Rica where it grows as a terrestrial in leaf litter, […]