WSBEorchids

Cymbidium hookerianum – 365 days of orchids – day 1126

  We know that spring is here when the spring flowering Cymbidiums start to open and the first of the bunch is Cy,bidium hookerianum. Cymbidium hookerianum is a fantastic charismatic species from the Himalayas and one we have seen growing and flowering in Sikkim. Cymbidium hookerianum is a really cool growing species and in Sikkim […]

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Gongora unicolor – 365 days of orchids – day 1125

Another fragrant orchid that impressed our visitors on Wednesday was the fragrant species (kind of sweet spicy) is from Central America. As with all gongoras, this species uses perfume as a reward for pollinating Euglossine Bees. The male bees collect perfume off the slippery flowers and use it to attract a mate. We find the […]

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Bulbophyllum rothschildianum – 365 days of orchids – day 1124

We have had a really exciting day in the greenhouse with our visiting class from St Dunstan’s School, Glastonbury. Orchid project students gave tours of the greenhouse and workshops in laboratory propagation, botany and conservation.    A highpoint of the visit for some students was smelling the unusual scent of this dramatic Bulbophyllum species. Bulbophyllum […]

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Angraecum sesquipedale – 365 days of orchids – day 1123

We have a real stunner today, Angraecum sequipedale from Madagascar. The large star like flower opens slightly greenish and this will fade to a glowing creamy white in the next day or two. This species is commonly known as Darwin’s comet orchid reflecting the well known story of Darwin predicting that there must be a […]

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