WSBEorchids

365 days of orchids – day 690 – Coelogyne speciosum var. albicans

This coelogyne produces a succession of large flowers on short pendulous flower spikes from relatively compact plants. Coelogyne speciosum is native to Malaysia, Borneo, Java and Sumatra where it is reported from 700-2000m altitude. This variety has more white on the lip than is usual and a light green flower colour where the more usual […]

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365 days of orchids – day 689 – Cleisostoma arietinum

Cleisostomas are small flowered relatives of Vanda with a range of growth habits but rather similar prettly little flowers that tend to open successively along relatively long flower spikes. This is the ‘bent’ cleisostoma referring to the curved terete leaves. It is a warm growing species from South East Asia, India and Malaysia where it […]

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365 days of orchids – day 687 – Elleanthus amethysinus

This is a terrestrial found from Venezuela to Peru that grows on open rocky slopes in cool montane forrest from 1500-2000m altitude. It produces long, thin, upright stems (ours are about 1m – 1.5m long) and these produce terminal flowers in little clumps (see photo below with Ruby). The weight of the flowers pull the […]

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