This is Masdevallia decumana that featured as day 86 at the end of March and has just started its autumn flowering (twelve buds still to open). Another species that flowers twice a year for us at Writhlington and the perfect thing to brighten up a Monday morning.
Octomeria grandiflora is a species we not be without. It is native to Brazil and we have seen it flowering in forests around Macae de Cima in Rio State growing amongst moss on the trunks of trees in humid primary forest. It appreciates shade and regular watering although we find it does well both mounted […]
As part of the Writhlington School Lecture Series we have a scientific evening for the public centred on the orchid project (see poster) The evening kicks off at 6pm with a lecture in the Mendip Building followed by opportunities to explore the laboratory techniques underpinning the project and the conservation lessons learnt over the past […]
At time of year we find several Trisetella species coming into flower. All of them a re miniatures and all spectacular in different ways. Trisetella scobina is a tiny plant with leaves just 15mm long that over time form a a little clump on the cork mount. Each autumn the clump produces long thin […]
As Simon said last week, I have travelled to Ecuador to attend and speak at the 22nd World Orchid Conference. Tuesday was the first full day of the conference, which was full of interesting speakers. I spent the day looking around the conference’s displays and the plants on show, including a display of wonderful Phalaenopsis […]