Simon Pugh-Jones

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Teacher in charge of the Writhlington Orchid Project

365 days of orchids – day 355 – Odontoglossum cristatum (Oncidium cristatum)

This species is vigorous and free flowering and in Autumn and Spring produces long arching spikes of large flowers in glossy brown, red and white. Odontoglossum cristatum is native to Ecuador and Colombia where it is found in cloud forest from 1500-2600 m altitude and so it is very well suited to growing in our […]


Orchid Christmas thank yous

A big thank you to everyone who came to Orchid Christmas on Wednesday evening. It poured with rain and was freezing cold outside but the greenhouse was an oasis of warmth and Christmas spirit. i am proud of you student team who were fantastic – giving tours, selling ┬áplants, providing refreshments and introducing visitors to […]


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 […]