Simon Pugh-Jones

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Teacher in charge of the Writhlington Orchid Project

Polystachya galeata – 365 days of orchids – day 1702

There aren’t many days in the year that our plants of Polystachya galeata aren’t in flower but yesterday I was reminded that it is well worth stopping for a close look at their subtle but attractive pink, green and cream flowers. Like most polystachyas this species is African and is found in Cameroon, Congo, Gabon, Ghana, […]


Cattleya maxima ‘coerulea’- 365 days of orchids – day 1701

Can I start today by thanking the wonderful students who worked hard yesterday afternoon and evening for our September open evening. It was lovely to see orchid friends (old and new) as well. Our Cattleya maxima ‘coerulea’ clearly wanted to be a part of our open evening and opened its grey blue flowers just in […]


Masdevallia barlaeana – 365 days of orchids – day 1699

This species is one of our brightly coloured masdevallias – irresistable to its hummingbird pollinators and humans alike. Masdevallia barlaeana is found from Colombia to Peru at high altitude (2200-3100m) as a lithophyte on rocky slopes – a similar habitat as that of Masdevallia veitchiana. The species is smaller growing and smaller flowered than its close […]