Simon Pugh-Jones

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Teacher in charge of the Writhlington Orchid Project

Prosthechea kautskyi – 365 days of orchids – day 1672

This month I keep finding new prosthechea species to feature. Prothechea kautskyi is less flombouyant than many of the other prosthecheas flowering at the moment but is a charming little species. Unusually this species has more colour on the reverse of the flowers than on the front. Prosthechea kautskyi is native to Brazil where it […]


Odontoglossum rhynchanthum – 365 days of orchids – day 1671

Another cool growing species that is enjoying the break in the weather is this wonderful Odontoglossum species with long pendulous spikes of stunning flowers. Odontoglossum rhynchanthum is endemic to Colombian cloud forest above 2000m. Authorities describe the species as producing 30cm spikes with up to seven flowers but our clone produces graceful arching spikes to […]


Stelis thermophyla – 365 days of orchids – day 1670

The cooler weather this weekend is being appreciated by our species native to the cool cloud forests of the Americas and this stelis species is looking perfect. This stunning stelis is a small growing floriferous species from Brazil. Every summer plants are smothered in delicate pinky brown flowers in charming upright spikes. Stelis thermophila is […]


Encyclia polardiana – 365 days of orchids – day 1669

To celebrate the start of the school holidays we have Encyclia polardiana from Mexico The graceful branched spikes with long lasting flowers make Encyclia polardiana one of our favourite summer orchids. This is a strong growing species, endemic to Mexico, found in open forests between 1000m and 1400m altitude. The species description gives the spike […]


Polystachya vulcanica – 365 days of orchids – day 1668

This floriferous little orchid species is native to Rwanda and reminds us of our wonderful Rwandan partners. We are delighted that the Amazon Longitude Prize money (see Mendip students win runners up prize in National competition) will help in our work with our school partners in FAWE School, Kigali (Photo below from our last expedition) […]