Simon Pugh-Jones

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Teacher in charge of the Writhlington Orchid Project

Guarianthe skinneri var. alba oculata- 365 days of orchids – day 1922

Today the lovely flowers of Guarianthe skinneri var. alba oculata has joined the mass flowers in our Warm Americas Section. 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 […]


Masdevallia veitchiana – 365 days of orchids – day 1921

Continuing with Masdevallias, today we have possibly the most dramatic of all Masdevallia veitchiana. The flowers look orange and red but this colour is actually made from the flowers combination of a yellow ground and tiny raised pink warts – a clever trick. This species is endemic to Peru where it grows between 2000m and […]


Masdevallia coccinea – 365 days of orchids – day 1920

Are masdevallia species have featured heavily lately and as May approaches we have the splendour of Masdevallia coccinea. Masdevallia coccinea is a very rewarding species and produces masses of large brightly coloured flowers in a range of colours including white, yellow, red and pink. It comes from Colombia and Peru where it grows in cool […]