WSBEorchids

365 days of orchids – day 288 – Odontoglossum hallii-elegans

This species is native to Ecuador and forms a large growing plant with long spikes of 8cm wide flowers. Odontoglossums have now been included in Oncidium but as a genus Odontoglossum is useful as the species that were included share cultural requirements – cool, damp shade similar to their cloud forest homes – that differs […]

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365 days of orchids – day 287 – Dendrobium panduriferum

This delightful little dendrobium (the lute-shaped lip dendrobium) is native to Malaysia and South East Asia where it grows as an epiphyte in lowland forest from 250-600m altitude. It produces pendulous pseudobulbs and so we find it is well suited to a basket. The flowers form on short sprays from near the end of the […]

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365 days of orchids – Day 286 – Coelogyne ovalis

This species is a cool growing Coelogyne from South East Asia and the Eastern Himalayas. We have seen plants growing on the Bolevan plateau in Southern Laos at around 1200m where they form large clumps in evergreen trees. It is a very variable species in growth habit but in our collection is distinguished from the very […]

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365 days of orchids – Day 285 – Cattleya bowringiana ‘coerulea’

  Cattleya bowringiana (now named Guarianthe bowringiana) is usually pink (see Guatemala photo below) but this variety is purply blue. It is native to Guatemala and Belize in Central America and is the most northern-growing of the Cattleya species. It is usually found in dryish lowland forest and was seen by students on the trip to […]

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