Prosthechea calmaria – 365 days of orchids – day 1463

This is our smallest Prosthechea species with pseudobulbs 5cm tall, fine leaves and delicate flowers mostly in pairs. The species is native to South America from Brazil to Colombia where it forms mats on trees in warm forests from 200-1400m altitude. We have tried growing it cool and warm and have found that a shaded […]


Maxillaria schunkeana – 365 days of orchids – day 1462

For boxing day we have another species new to 365 days. Maxillaria schunkeana is an unusual Brazillian species with almost black flowers. The species is small growing which adds to the appeal and it is native to the forests we know in the Mata Atlanitica from our school visits to Brazil. we find the species […]


Angraecum sesquipedale – 365 days of orchids – day 1461

Happy Christmas from all of us here at the Orchid Project. We have a wonderful orchid for Christmas Day – Angraecum sesqipedale from Madagascar The large star like flower opens slightly greenish and this fades to a glowing creamy white in the next day or two. This species is commonly known as Darwin’s comet orchid […]