WSBEorchids

365 days of orchids – day 203 – Aerangis arachnopus

   This Aerangis species comes from Central Africa where it grows in evergreen forest from 400-1000m. This indicates that the species enjoys warm shaded conditions and so we grow it in Warm Asia with additional shade in the summer. In common with most Aerangis species is this plant is pollinated by moths and has a long […]

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Workshop week – Bristol University Botanic Gardens

On Tuesday we had the pleasure of a visit from Bristol University Botanic Garden staff, Claire, Vicki and Pat. Pat is the horticultural trainee and Claire on an apprenticeship. The orchid project team gave whistle stop training in everything orchid including laboratory propagation (seed sowing and re-plating) pollinating to produce seed, and all aspects of […]

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365 days of orchids – day 201 – Stanhopea graveolens

Stanhopeas are a highpoint in our summer greenhouse with their wonderfully fragrant large flowers. The flowers last for a few days but while they are out they are magnificent. Stanhopes graveolens is a Central American species. We have seen related species in Costa Rica growing in wet evergreen forest around 1000m. This gives something of […]

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365 days of orchids – day 200 – Brassavola cucullata

This terete leaved species is found through Central America and northern South America. We have seen it growing and flowering in Guatemala where it was growing in dryish lowland forest near the ancient Mayan city of Yaxha. The plant below was flowering on the edge of a small cliff south of Laguna Yaxha attached to a […]

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