Stelis thermophila – 365 days of orchids – day 1979

Our star orchid this week is our specimen plant of Stelis thermophyla. This stunning stelis is a small growing floriferous species from Brazil. Every summer plants are smothered in delicate pinky brown flowers in charming upright spikes. Stelis thermophila is native to coastal forests in Brazil where it grows in warm wet forests at lower […]


Masdevallia paiveana – 365 days of orchids – day 1978

Masdevallia paiveana is a lovely species native to Peru and Bolivia where it is found as an epiphyte in cool wet woodland around 2500m altitude. The flowers are produced throughout the year and very pretty with pink hairs on white sepals. We have two distinct clones of the species. This clone (above) forms a neat […]


Masdevallia ludibundella – 365 days of orchids – day 1977

We haven’t featured this wonderful little masdevallia species since 2019 which seems very remiss of us. Masdevallia ludibundella is a miniature masdevallia with large dramatic flowers. The species comes from Colombia and enjoys the cool wet conditions that most of our masdevallias enjoy in the Cool Americas section of the greenhouse. The flowers are long […]