Simon Pugh-Jones

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Teacher in charge of the Writhlington Orchid Project

Masdevallia herradurae Var. xanthina – 365 days of orchids – day 1382

This is a wonderfully floriferous masdevallia and more than once a year produces a mass of its spidery yellow flowers. The species is a small one and this specimen is growing in a 10cm basket. The species is native to wet forests in Ecuador and Colombia where it is found from 500 to 2100m altitude, […]


Pleurothallis tuerkheimii – 365 days of orchids – day 1381

This wonderful deep red flowered Pleurothallis produces very long spikes of long lasting flowers. The natural habitat of the species is damp forests and cloud forests from Mexico to Panama between 700m and 2400m altitude. This broad natural range supports our observation that this is an adaptable and accommodating plant to grow. We do find […]


Dendrobium striolatum – 365 days of orchids – day 1380

This little dendrobium goes unnoticed for much of the year with its thin terete leaves and stems, but then demands attention with these lovely non-resupinate (upside down) flowers. The plant flowered in the summer and has a fresh flush of flowers now for the autumn.   Dendrobium striolatum is endemic to Australia where it is […]


Cymbidium elegans – 365 days of orchids – day 1379

A real treat every autumn is this appropriately named Cymbidium (it is very elegant). Cymbidium elegans is native to the Himalayas where we have seen it growing abundantly in forests above Gangtok (capital of Sikkim) as well as in North Sikkim and Arunachal Pradesh. Unfortunately we have always visited the Himalayas in the spring (great […]