WSBEorchids

365 days of orchids – day 33 – Maxillaria sophronitis

Maxillaria sophronitis is a humming bird pollinated species from wet forests in Colombia and Venezuela. It is found from 750m to 1500m altitude and so we grow it in our Cool America section. The species’ adaptation for humming bird pollination is interesting. As well as the usual red/yellow flowers to attract a humming bird it […]

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365 days of orchids – day 32 – Cymbidium erythraeum

Today’s Orchid is another Cymbidium from the Sikkim Himalaya. Students on our school expeditions to Sikkim have seen this graceful species growing in large evergreen trees  at around 2000m altitude around Gangtok and in Southern Sikkim near Tinkitam. Cymbidium erythraeum is a lovely orchid when not in flower due to its long thin dark green […]

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365 days of orchids – day 31 – Bulbophyllum picturatum

Bulbophyllum picturatum is a small sized bulbophylum native to Thailand and Myanmar. This plant naturally grows in warm conditions in lowland forest and we grow it in our section Warm Asia. This relates to conditions of between 15 and 18 degrees Celsius as the winter minimum and the vents open at 26 degrees Celcius. We water it […]

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