365 days of orchids – day 141 – Dendrobium chrysotoxum

Another dramatic Dendrobium is D. chrysotoxum native to the Eastern Himalayas and South East Asia. We have seen many plants of this species in Southern Laos where we found it in seasonally dry forest at around 1000m. Plants were mostly growing on the trunk and lower branches of large trees in good light as shown on […]


365 days of orchids – day 139 – Polystachya vulcanica

Polystachya is a common genus amongst African orchids and this small growing species comes from the volcanic mountains of Rwanda, Uganda and Zaire (hence its lovely name – it doesn’t come from Vulcan!) It comes from high altitude mossy forest similar to that we found on the upper slopes of Mount Bigugu in Rwanda. This […]


365 days of orchids – day 138 – Pholidota chinensis

The genus Pholidota is a close relative of Coelogyne and we have seen several species in our travels to the mountain rainforests of the Himalayas and South East Asia. Most pholidota species have small flowers buy make up for it with large numbers of flowers and some lovely scents. Pholidota chinensis has bigger flowers than […]