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 […]
Today we are greeted by the joyful prospect of our first Cattleya coccinea flower of the spring. This plant is flowering for the second time from seed sown in 2014 and this year the flower is much larger, from a larger bulb, at 6cm across. This wonderful small growing species with large flowers a classic […]
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 […]
Following our recent live Zoom to the Keynsham’s Avon Wildlife Trust Group a lovely article has appeared in the local newspaper. If you would like a live talk for your orchid society or wildlife group please send us an e-mail.
This diminutive orchid is one we are very fond of. Dendrobium eriiflorum is another Sikkim species, and one we found growing from 1500-2000m in the reserves of Fambong Lho and Maenam. It was growing on small mossy trees in regrowth forest where it enjoys a warm wet summer and a cooler dryer winter. We find […]