Simon Pugh-Jones

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Teacher in charge of the Writhlington Orchid Project

Dendrobium gracilicaule – 365 days of orchids – day 1557

We have two stunning Australian dendrobiums for the next two days. The first is Dendrobium gracilicaule, a species that is filling the greenhouse with its scent of coconut. Dendrobium gracilicaule produces slender pseudobulbs up to 70cm long (in our greenhouse) and generous multiple spikes of slightly nodding flowers. The flowers are unusual for being plain […]


Coelogyne cristata – 365 days of orchids – day 1556

March in the school greenhouse is always Coelogyne cristata time with several clones of this wonderful species flowering together. All photographed this week we have Coelogyne cristata ‘limoniana’ with very pale yellow on the lip, the more usual variety with golden yellow on the lip and “alba’ with pure white flowers. As well as a […]


Paraphalaenopsis labukensis – 365 days of orchids – day 1553

This is an unusual orchid that flowers at the end of March every year with sculpural brown and cream flowers and long terete leaves. Paraphalaenopsis is a genus just four species endemic to Borneo, and since visiting to Sarawak in 2019 we have a special interest in this beautiful species. Paraphalaenopsis labukensis comes from near […]