WSBEorchids

Dendrochilum cobbianum – 365 days of orchids – day 1716

Our school greenhouse is Dendrochilum heaven this week with our monster plant of Dendrochilum cobbianum now in full flower. To give some scale, here is the plant with two of our amazing after school team This stunning orchid species is native to the Philippines where it grows in damp evergreen forest  above 1200m altitude. We […]

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Masdevallia picea – 365 days of orchids – day 1715

Our second Masdevallia of the week is Masdevallia picea. This species is loved by the orchid project students for its foul smell. Masdevallia picea is native to cloud forests in Peru at around 2700m altitude where its large deep red flowers attract fly pollinators assisted by the scent of rotting stuff – it reminds me […]

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Masdevallia veitchiana – 365 days of orchids – day 1714

We have some interesting Masdevallias flowering this week including the very spectacular Masdevallia veitchiana. We have several clones of this lovely species and they can enthral us with their vibrant flowers at any time of year, we have featured it in the Autumn, Winter, Spring and Summer – what an orchid. The flowers look orange […]

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Oberonia anthropophora – 365 days of orchids – day 1713

This species has the smallest flowers of any of our 1000 species although they are very spectacular when you get close with a magnifying glass. This is an amazing orchid with a brilliant name reflecting the flowers looking like tiny little orange people (anthropophora means person like) . The flowers are just 2mm from top […]

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