WSBEorchids

Adononcos paviflora – 365 days of orchids – day 983

Our orchids are really enjoying the summer weather and their active growing season as shown by our ‘specimen miniature’ here with lots of fresh new green leaves and a flush of new flowers. Adononcos parviflora is one of our most reliable miniatures is this tiny vandaceous species from South East Asia and Malaysia. The species […]

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Oncidium incurvum – 365 days of orchids – day 982

We have another new species for 365 days in this delightful Oncidium species from Mexico and Central America. Oncidium incurvum is a medium sized plant but produces very long flower spikes and hundreds of deep pink and white flowers each 3cm across. The spikes re-flower after the first flush from side shoots that develop from […]

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Platystele consorbrina – 365 days of orchids – day 981

Another new species for 365 days is this tiny flowered species from Colombia. The species is almost always in flower as the very long spikes produce flowers successively over several months. the individual flowers are just under 1cm across and have a lovely deep red lip that contrasts with the other pale petals and sepals. […]

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Epidendrum ciliare – 365 days of orchids – day 980

I spotted an Elephant Hawk Moth in my garden this week which reminds me of the fantastic diversity of moths found in tropical orchid habitats. We have seen some terrific moths in the South America and tropical Asia and lots of our orchid species are evolved for moth pollination. One common characteristic is flowers restricting […]

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Masdevallia barlaeana – 365 days of orchids – day 979

We have a new species for 365 days this morning with this intense red flowered masdevallia. Masdevallia barlaeana is found from Colombia to Peru at high altitude (2200-3100m) as a lithophyte on rocky slopes – a similar habitat as that of Masdevallia veitchiana. The species is smaller growing and smaller flowered than its close relative […]

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