Simon Pugh-Jones

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Teacher in charge of the Writhlington Orchid Project

365 days of orchids – day 30 – Paphiopedilum appletonianum

This fantastic Paphiopedilum comes from a wide range across across South East Asia; Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam and China. It is reported as growing as a terrestrial in deep shade under evergreen forests. Most Paphiopedilums are pollinated by wasps or hover flies and it has been suggested that they are attracted by fake aphids on […]


365 days of orchids – day 29 – Mediocalcar decoratum

This is one of our favourite miniature orchids. The species comes from Papua New Guinea where it grows in shady forest up to 2500m. Mediocalcar decoratum’s small bell shaped flowers in orange and yellow suggest that the likely pollinator is Sun Birds. Sun Bird’s are Africa and Asia’s version of South America’s Humming Birds and […]