Simon Pugh-Jones

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Teacher in charge of the Writhlington Orchid Project

Barkeria spectabilis – 365 days of orchids – day 1988

As the hot weather continues we can celebrate this lovely warm growing species from Mexico and Central America. This is one species that always attracts attention from visitors with its large delicate butterfly pollinated flowers. This species is found in the wild in Mexico, Guatemala and El  Salvador in dryish oak forest from 1200m to about […]


Dracula amaliae – 365 days of orchids – day 1986

A massive thank you to all the students and volunteers that made the Writhlington School Open Evening (For prospective students) such a success yesterday evening. Science room ST6 was a hive of activity with Agnes and her student team demonstrating the orchid Lab and helping youngsters to pot their own Coelogyne fimbriata. In the greenhouse […]


Odontoglossum rhynchanthum – 365 days of orchids – day 1985

Our Cool Americas section is looking wonderful this week thanks to the long arching sprays of Odontoglossum rhynchanthum. . 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 70cm with up to twelve […]


Coelogyne schultesii – 365 days of orchids – day 1984

There are always Coelogynes flowering in the school greenhouse and this species always flowers during July and August in our Cool Asia Section. Unusually, Coelogyne schultesii has a wonderful habit of flowering for several years from each flower spike, a habit it shares with a small number of other species from section prolifera, and this […]