Simon Pugh-Jones

Website Role: administrator

Teacher in charge of the Writhlington Orchid Project

Cattleya purpurata – 365 days of orchids – day 1959

Our Warm Americas section is now awash with the flamboyant flowers of our early summer flowering cattleya species including the grand Cattleya purpurata. Cattleya purpurata is the Brazilian national flower and is wonderfully variable. The variety ‘venosa’ describes a range of plants with deeper pink flowers than are usually found (two varieties above) Flowers are […]


Xylobium variegatum – 365 days of orchids – day 1958

Xylobium variegatum is another of our fragrant orchid species with lots of flowers produced on short crowded spikes with appealing creamy spotted flowers with a deep red lip. Xylobium variegatum  is reported as a variable species found from Costa Rica right through South America to Peru, and from warm lowland forests to cool montane forests […]


Bulbophyllum mirum – 365 days of orchids – day 1957

The genus bulbophyllum is full of intriguing flowers and Bulbophyllum mirum is a good example. This small growing Bulbophyllum species is native to forests in Malaysia and Indonesia where it grows at around 1000m altitude on mossy trees. We love it’s rather ridiculous looking flowers which are determined to be horizontal (very unusual in our […]


Bulbophyllum thaiorum- 365 days of orchids – day 1955

This morning I spotted delightful; flowers of Bulbophyllum thaiorium The early summer sees lots of bulbophyllum species in flower. Bulbophyllum species add real interest and diversity to any collection and this small growing species from South East Asia with masses of deep red flowers on a miniature plant is a real stunner. Bulbop[hyllum thaiorum is […]