Sobralia xantholauca – 365 days of orchids – day 1594

Yesterday’s Sobralia macrantha is a giant orchid with stems approaching 1.5-2m but it is dwarfed by its close cousine, Sobralia leucoxantha, with its 3m long stems ending in these giant creamy flowers. This is one of our orchids that has always been just too big to take out of the greenhouse, but its flowering is […]


Cattleya schilleriana – 365 days of orchids – day 1592

This very distinct and dramatic cattleya species is cattleya schilleriana. The species has possibly the most restricted natural range of any of the bi-foliate cattleyas (two leaves on each pseudobulb) as it has only been found in the Rio Jucu district of Espirito Santo, and sadly is reported as probably extinct in the wild by […]


Masdevallia coccinea – 365 days of orchids – day 1591

One of the star orchids of the greenhouse in early summer is Masdevallia coccinea. Masdevallia coccinea is a very rewarding species and produces masses of large brightly coloured flowers in a range of colours including white, yellow, red and pink. It comes from Colombia and Peru where it grows in cool wet forest up to […]