Simon Pugh-Jones

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Teacher in charge of the Writhlington Orchid Project

365 days of orchids – day 352 – Bulbophyllum crassipes

This remarkable species is native to evergreen forests from Sikkim though the Himalayas to South East Asia. The flower spike has over 100 flowers tightly packed together so that they form a fantastic geometric ‘cone’. The pattern produced would make a lovely silk waistcoat! We have seen the species in Sikkim where it wraps itself […]


365 days of orchids – day 350 – Pleurothallis endotrachys

This is one of our orchid species that is always in flower. Single flowers are produces successively for more than a year from long flower spikes and as plants mature they produce several flower spikes. The species is native to cloud forests from Mexico through Central America to Venezuela. We find the plant undemanding as […]


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. The flower spikes are bright green suggesting that they help with photosynthesis too. In cultivation the plants need to be grown mounted so that the […]