Eria javanica – 365 days of orchids – day 733

We have come across a number of fascinating Eria species in our travels to the Himalayas and South East Asia. Eria javanica sounds as if it should be endemic to Java but is actually found through the Eastern Himalayas from Sikkim eastwards, South East Asia, Malaysia, Indonesia and the Philippines. The species is reported growing […]


Masdevallia superbiens – 365 days of orchids – day 732

Here is another spectacular orchid for the holiday period. Masdevallia is a terrific genus with a diverse range of colours and forms. In contrast to yesterday’s Masdevallia decumana we have the multiflowered and very aptly named Masdevallia superbiens today. Most Masdevallias produce one flower per stem but some like M. superbiens produce many flowers on […]


Masdevallia decumana – 365 days of orchids – day 731

Some orchid species have more appropriate names than others and this one is spot on as ‘decumana’ means large flowered. The 7cm flowers on this species rather dwarf the 5cm plant which here is mounted although we also grow the species in small pots and baskets. This plant was divided about twelve months ago and […]