Simon Pugh-Jones

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Teacher in charge of the Writhlington Orchid Project

365 days of orchids – day 418 – Sarcochilus hartmanii (Corrected to Sarcochilus hybrid probably Fitzhart)

We seem to be featuring a lot of Australian orchid species this spring and another beauty from Queensland and New South Wales is this Sarcochilus hartmanii which produces multiple spikes of long lasting flowers. The species is reported as growing near the sea on boulders but in cultivation seems to prefer some shade and regular […]


365 days of orchids – day 416 – Dendrobium tetragonum (corrected to Dendrobium melaleucaphyllum)

This is another new species for 365 days of orchids. This small growing dendrobium comes from Australia where it grows as an epiphyte in humid ravines and gullies in Queensland and New South Wales. We grow the species mounted as plants are very pendulous and find that it enjoys a shaded and cool environment (Cool […]


365 days of orchids – day 415 – Sophronitella violacea

A real February highlight is the flowering of this miniature orchid from Brazil. The flowers are 2.5cm across which is really rather large for this tiny species with 2cm pseudobulbs each topped by a single leaf. The species is hummingbird pollinated and it shares many characteristics with its relative Cattleya coccinea also from the Mata […]


365 days of orchids – day 414 – Polystachya virginae

This delicate species is native to the cool mountain forests of Central Africa and we have seen in growing abundantly in primary forest around Karamazovu Swamp at around 2200m altitude. The picture below shows the conditions it enjoys in wet forest amongst moss and other epiphytes in semi-shade. The climat in Nyungwe is wet all […]