Simon Pugh-Jones

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Teacher in charge of the Writhlington Orchid Project

365 days of orchids – day 283 – Octomeria crassilolia

This species is similar to Octomeria densiflora (day 279) with stiff leaves and a bunch of flowers produced at the base of each leaf in Autumn. Compared to Octomeria densiflora this species has narrower leaves and produces fewer flower in each bunch but individual flowers are a little larger. Octomeria crassifolia is found in Brazil, […]


365 days of orchids – day 282 – Restrepia contorta

Our restrepias are looking magnificent at the moment and Restrepia contorta stands out with a heavy flower count for the size of plants. This species is native to South America from Venezuela to Peru growing in cloud forests from 1300 to 3200m altitude. It produces wider but shorter flowers than many restrepia species and like many species […]


A brilliant day with Hettie and Nicky from the Eden project

Today was a full on orchid day with our visitors from the Eden Project, Hettie and Nicky, coming to learn more about orchids and their propagation. The Orchid Project Team ran a range of workshop sessions – greenpod seed sowing (above photo) re-plating in-vitro, mounting plants, orchid care and an orchid treasure hunt. The team […]