Rhychostele rossii – 365 days of orchids – day 811

Yet another new species for 365 days of orchids is the delightful miniature member of the Oncidium family Rhychostele rossii. As you can see from the photos we have two distinct clones of this species. The first has larger pinker flowers with browny-purple spots while the second produces more slightly smaller flowers and is white […]


Cattleya schroderae – 365 days of orchids – day 810

This cattleya species has been likened to ‘granny’s nickers’ by some students, more attracted to miniature orchids, but I still love its enormous, dramatic, over the top flowers in soft lilac. This large flowered orchid (measured at 24cm across) is another Colombian species, and it grows in lower montane forest. It is similar to Cattleya […]


Dendrobium bellatulum – 365 days of orchids – day 809

New to 365 days, this is one of our favourite Dendrobium species. Dendrobium bellatulum is a small growing plant (the bulbs on this first flowering seedling are just 3cm long) with huge flowers. The lovely flower that has just opened today is just under 5cm across. Dendrobium bellatulum is native to forests from India right […]