Simon Pugh-Jones

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Teacher in charge of the Writhlington Orchid Project

Maxillaria tenuifolia – 365 days of orchids – day 868

Amongst our fragrant orchids flowering this week is this warm growing species from Central America. It is locally called the coconut orchid as it produces a powerful fragrance which is unmistakably coconut. We have seen the species in the wild in Guatemala growing in dryish lowland forest. We found it mostly on the trunks of trees […]


Polystachya bella – 365 days of orchids – day 867

The school greenhouse has around 800 orchid species and around 40 of them are African Orchids. We have had the pleasure of coming across several Polystachya species during our expeditions to Rwanda and South Africa. Polystachya bella clearly shows the characteristic non-resupinate (upside down) flowers of the genus and produces long sprays of hairy golden […]


Dendrobium loddigesii – 365 days of orchids – day 865

One of our favourite dendrobiums is this small growing but spectacular species from Laos, Vietnam and Southern China. Dendrobium loddigesii is semi deciduous growing 10cm pseudobulbs in the summer which then drop some of their leaves in the winter. Flowers appear from last year’s bulbs in late spring. We find that this species needs a distinct […]