Simon Pugh-Jones

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Teacher in charge of the Writhlington Orchid Project

365 days of orchids – day 348 – Chiloschista parishii

Chiloschista is a genus of leafless orchids found in Asia. We have seen species in Sikkim and Laos where plants produce extensive chlorophyl filled root systems and sprays of pretty flowers.┬áThe flower spikes are bright green suggesting that they help with photosynthesis too. In cultivation the plants need to be grown mounted so that the […]


365 days of orchids – day 346 – Coelogyne trinervis

This lovely Coelogyne is a species we have seen growing abundantly in Southern Laos in open woodland around 1000m altitude. The species is relatively common around Paksong with many plants enjoying positions on the tops of exposed branches where they receives bright light and survives a dry winter. The species copes with thick waxy leaves […]


365 days of orchids – day 345 – Pleurothallis alvaroi

This is a delicate multi-flowered species with large translucent sepals and characteristic drooping petals. Pleurothallis alvaroi is native endemic to Ecuador where it grows in cloud forests at around 2000m and the species is found in a wide range of colour forms including yellows, browns and reds making it a great addition to any collection. […]