Simon Pugh-Jones

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Teacher in charge of the Writhlington Orchid Project

Dendrobium farmeri – 365 days of orchids – day 1562

I appears that we are celebrating ‘Dendrobium Week’ with lots of wonderful species flowering together in our Warm Asia section. To follow Monday’s Dendrobium aphyllum we have Dendrobium farmeri. This species belongs to section densiflorum and so produces its flowers on pendulous spikes from near the top of club shaped pseudobulbs. Dendrobium farmeri is easily […]


Guarianthe skinneri var. alba oculata – 365 days of orchids – day 1560

For Easter Sunday we have The Easter Orchid – Guarianthe skinneri (previously Cattleya skinneri) Guarianthe skinneri is national flower of Costa Rica and a species we have seen growing in tall trees in open forests around 800m with plants on the tops of thick branches in very exposed positions in strong sunshine. It is a […]


Masdevallia setacea – 365 days of orchids – day 1559

Masdevallia setacea of one of our absolute favourite masdevallias with its very large flowered species found from Colombia to Peru. This remarkable Masdevallia is found from Colombia to Peru and has flowers considerably larger than the plant. Including the long yellow tails to the sepals the flowers are 14cm from top to bottom. For us […]