Gongora unicolor – 365 days of orchids – day 1483

This is the second Gongora species we have features this week and like Gongora nigropunctata (below) – which is still in flower – has long pendulous spikes of fragrant flowers. Gongora unicolor, like all Gongoras,¬†uses perfume as a reward for pollinating Euglossine Bees. The male bees collect perfume off the slippery flowers and use it […]


Stelis hirtzii – 365 days of orchids – day 1481

A significant proportion of our orchid species we classify as miniature orchids. ‘Miniature’ is, as Einstein would say, “relative” and so there are miniature orchids advertised that are rather large. When a teenager in the 1970s, working at Keith Andrew Orchids in Dorset, I was excited to be involved in Keith’s breeding of miniature Cymbidiums […]