Simon Pugh-Jones

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Teacher in charge of the Writhlington Orchid Project

365 days of orchids – day 466 – Lepanthes elegantula

¬† Lepanthes is a fascinating genus of mostly miniature orchids from tropical South and Central America that use deceit pollination similar to our native bee orchid by mimicking the sexual parts of a female fungus gnat to attract a male that pollinates the flower. Lepanthes elegantula is one of the larger flowered species though still […]


Hard at work during Mendip R & D

A key element of the Orchid Project is Mendip R & D. On Thursdays after school and Friday mornings Mendip Studio School students work on projects ranging from electronics, science, technology, computing and of course orchids. McKenzie, Ronnie and Connor are continuing their Coelogyne cristata project and made media this morning. Paige and Martha are […]


365 days of orchids – day 465 – Dendrobium chrysotoxum

¬† Another yellow dendobium today and one we have seen growing in southern Laos. Dendrobium chrysotoxum is native to seasonally dry forest monsoon forests and we found it in several locations at around 1000m around Paksong on the Bolaven Plateau. Plants were mostly growing on the trunk and lower branches of large trees in good […]


365 days of orchids – day 464 – Dendrobium fimbriatum

According to Otto and Ed, this is an orchid species worth celebrating.¬†Dendrobium fimbriatum is an orchid we have seen growing abundantly in Sikkim and Arunachal Pradesh in semi-deciduous trees in warm lowland forests up to about 1000m. In the wild it makes large dramatic specimens just like this one in our Warm Asia section. Flowers […]