Simon Pugh-Jones

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Teacher in charge of the Writhlington Orchid Project

Cattleya cinnabarina – 365 days of orchids – day 1818

  Today we have another orchid with copper coloured (or should I say orange) flowers. Cattleya cinnabarina, which until recently was listed as Laelia cinnabarina, is a lithophyte from Brazil and one we have seen growing on steep granite slopes near Novo Friburgo in Rio State (below). The first photo shows the Cattleya with the […]


Bulbophyllum cupreum – 365 days of orchids – day 1817

Bulbophyllum cupreum is the ‘copper coloured bulbophyllum’ although our clone is rather more golden than copper. Bulbophyllum cupreum is found from Myanmar through Malaysia to the Philippines in warm lowland forest. The species grows large bulbs spaced by a thin rhizome and has lovely arching sprays of its golden flowers from the base of last […]


Angraecum sesquipedale – 365 days of orchids – day 1816

The morning has woken cold, frosty and crystal white while inside the greenhouse is warm a sparkling with Angraecum sesquipedale. The large star like flowers opens greenish and this fades to a glowing creamy white in the next day or two. This species is commonly known as Darwin’s comet orchid reflecting the well known story […]


Platystele stenostachya – 365 days of orchids – day 1814

We have some very dramatic large flowered orchids coming into flower over the next week (keep watching to see some amazing sights) and it is sometimes easy to overlook some very tiny but very beautiful species. This orange flowered species is a good example of orchid flowers that reward a close inspection. Regulars will know […]