Simon Pugh-Jones

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Teacher in charge of the Writhlington Orchid Project

Schomburgkia lueddemannii – 365 days of orchids – day 1553

Here is the second or our Schomburgkia species and Schomburgkia lueddemannii is larger growing than Schomburgkia splendida (below) with larger, darker glossy flowers. Schomburgkia lueddemanii is found from Venezuela to Costa Rica and is found in hot lowland forest. As a result it enjoys good light and high temperatures and we grow plants in large […]


Dendrobium fimbriatum – 365 days of orchids – day 1552

It must be nearly Easter as Dendrobium fimbriatum is flowering in our Warm Asia section. Dendrobium fimbriatum is an orchid we have seen growing abundantly in Sikkim and Arunachal Pradesh in semi-deciduous trees in warm lowland forests up to about 1000m. In the wild it makes large dramatic specimens.   The photos above show it […]


Epidendrum stamfordianum – 365 days of orchids – day 1551

Epidendrum stamfordianum reminds me of our wonderful school expedition to Belize where we found this dramatic and large growing species flowering profusely in warm forests near the Caribbean coast in the Rio Bravo Conservation and Management Area. We found Epidendrum stamfordianum growing as a very large epiphyte in mature secondary forests. In the photograph below […]


Dendrobium thyrsiflorum – 365 days of orchids – day 1550

This magnificent orchid is dominating our Warm Asia section this week. Our largest plant of Dendrobium thyrsiflorum is more than 2m across (see Otto for scale) and has 23 flower spikes each with around twenty lovely cream and orange/yellow flowers. Can any orchid species compare with the wow factor of Dendrobium thyrsiflorum. We have different […]