WSBEorchids

Pleurothallis gratiosa – 365 days of orchids – day 1708

Pleurothallis is a wonderfully diverse genus of orchids from South and Central America and Pleurothallis gratiosa is unlike any others we grow with flowers that look to me like little sea creatures like little octopuses? The species is small growing with leaves up to 12 cm and the flowers held above the leaves on impossible […]

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Masdevallia guayanensis – 365 days of orchids – day 1707

We love orchids that are named for their native region such as this beautiful small growing masdevallia species native to Guayana (though it is actually found in Venezuela, Guayana, Fr Guinea, Surinam and northern Brazil). I usually attach a little map with this species for those who are a little vague on the countries of […]

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Xylobium variegatum – 365 days of orchids – day 1706

Xylobium variegatum is new to 365 days of orchids but a species we have had at school for more than twenty years. Plants produce fragrant flowers on short crowded spikes with appealing creamy spotted flowers with a deep red lip. Xylobium variegatum  is reported as a variable species found from Costa Rica right through South […]

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Phalaenopsis violacea ‘coerulea’ – 365 days of orchids – day 1705

Earlier this month I featrured the alba variety of Phalaenopsis violacea (below with the more a more common pink clone) and today we have the astonishing deep purply-blue Phalaenopsis violacea “coerulea’. The diversity within this species is extraordinary with all the plants being sweetly scented too. As I have said before Phalaenopsis violacea is native […]

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