Masdevallia picea – 365 days of orchids – day 1989

The current warm weather is bringing out the scents from all our orchids (scents are volatile chemicals that evaporate and so spread through the air much more effectively in warm air) whether those scents are lovely – like last weekend’s Prosthechea radiata or putrid like the scent of Masdevallia picea. This species is loved by […]


Barkeria spectabilis – 365 days of orchids – day 1988

As the hot weather continues we can celebrate this lovely warm growing species from Mexico and Central America. This is one species that always attracts attention from visitors with its large delicate butterfly pollinated flowers. This species is found in the wild in Mexico, Guatemala and El  Salvador in dryish oak forest from 1200m to about […]