Simon Pugh-Jones

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Teacher in charge of the Writhlington Orchid Project

365 days of orchids – day 419 – Phalaenopsis manii

Our favourite Phalaenopsis species is back in flower. Phalaenopsis manii is a species we have met in lowland forest on several of our trips to the Himalayas.  The best plant we have seen was growing in Nameri National Park, one of Assam’s fantastic Tiger reserves. (see photo below) The photo clearly shows the natural habitat for […]


365 days of orchids – day 418 – Pleurothallis pseudopellucida?

This species is a bit of a mystery and I am hoping that Mark Wilson, Pleurothallis expert in Colorado College, will be able to shed some light on it. The species is a medium sized plant with long vertical flower spikes and very attractive yellow flowers. We were donated this lovely species look forward to growing […]


Visit by residents and staff of the Timsbury Cheshire Home

We have had a wonderful afternoon at the Orchid Project hosting visitors from the Timsbury Cheshire Home. The link project, which is co-ordinated by students Martha Coles and Paige Goble as part of the Mendip Studio School project work, aims to support the Cheshire Home’s development of their exciting Orchid Project and Rainforest. 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 […]