WSBEorchids

Simon Pugh-Jones

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Teacher in charge of the Writhlington Orchid Project

Year 13 science students devising germination testing investigations

The Mendip propagation laboratory was a busy place again today as A level Science students prepared media for their germination testing investigations. Following the students’ visit to Kew last July to visit Jonathan Kendon they are each working on a different orchid species and are finding optimum germination conditions by varying nutrient levels, agar concentration […]

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365 days of orchids – day 690 – Coelogyne speciosum var. albicans

This coelogyne produces a succession of large flowers on short pendulous flower spikes from relatively compact plants. Coelogyne speciosum is native to Malaysia, Borneo, Java and Sumatra where it is reported from 700-2000m altitude. This variety has more white on the lip than is usual and a light green flower colour where the more usual […]

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365 days of orchids – day 689 – Cleisostoma arietinum

Cleisostomas are small flowered relatives of Vanda with a range of growth habits but rather similar prettly little flowers that tend to open successively along relatively long flower spikes. This is the ‘bent’ cleisostoma referring to the curved terete leaves. It is a warm growing species from South East Asia, India and Malaysia where it […]

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