Simon Pugh-Jones

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Teacher in charge of the Writhlington Orchid Project

Stelis aprica – 365 days of orchids – day 1485

Today we have Stelis aprica – a larger growing species than yesterday’s Stelis tridentata but with smaller flowers. Other differences include the flower spikes being longer and more arching in Stelis aprica and the leaves are longer and thinner rather than short and broad in Stelis tridentata. Stelis aprica is native to the coastal cloud […]


Gongora unicolor – 365 days of orchids – day 1483

This is the second Gongora species we have features this week and like Gongora nigropunctata (below) – which is still in flower – has long pendulous spikes of fragrant flowers. Gongora unicolor, like all Gongoras,¬†uses perfume as a reward for pollinating Euglossine Bees. The male bees collect perfume off the slippery flowers and use it […]


Stelis hirtzii – 365 days of orchids – day 1481

A significant proportion of our orchid species we classify as miniature orchids. ‘Miniature’ is, as Einstein would say, “relative” and so there are miniature orchids advertised that are rather large. When a teenager in the 1970s, working at Keith Andrew Orchids in Dorset, I was excited to be involved in Keith’s breeding of miniature Cymbidiums […]