WSBEorchids

Simon Pugh-Jones

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Teacher in charge of the Writhlington Orchid Project

365 days of orchids – day 35 – Bulbophyllum clandestinum

This Bulbophyllum from South East Asia and Malaysia produces tiny yellow flowers along its rhizome between the single thick leaves. We have seen this plant growing in evergreen forest in Southern Laos where it’s growths are pendulous indicating it prefers to grow in low light. Its natural habitat has a dry season during the winter […]

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Cymbidium hookerianum wins January’s Orchid of the month vote and gets pollinated

Thanks to everyone who voted – it was a close thing but January’s winning orchid is the wonderful species from Sikkim, Cymbidium hookerianum. As the photos above show we have now cross pollinated our two clones of Cymbidium hookerianum by taking pollen from the slightly larger flowered plant on the left and placing it onto […]

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365 days of orchids – day 33 – Maxillaria sophronitis

Maxillaria sophronitis is a humming bird pollinated species from wet forests in Colombia and Venezuela. It is found from 750m to 1500m altitude and so we grow it in our Cool America section. The species’ adaptation for humming bird pollination is interesting. As well as the usual red/yellow flowers to attract a humming bird it […]

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365 days of orchids – day 32 – Cymbidium erythraeum

Today’s Orchid is another Cymbidium from the Sikkim Himalaya. Students on our school expeditions to Sikkim have seen this graceful species growing in large evergreen trees  at around 2000m altitude around Gangtok and in Southern Sikkim near Tinkitam. Cymbidium erythraeum is a lovely orchid when not in flower due to its long thin dark green […]

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