We are delighted that the new dissecting microscopes for the Mendip Studio School have arrived and have been put to use immediately to help us to pollinate miniature orchid flowers. Look out for lots of miniatures in flask in future.
This warm growing species from Central America is locally called the coconut orchid as it produces a powerful fragrance which is unmistakably coconut. We have seen the species in the wild in Guatemala growing in drying lowland forest. We found it mostly on the trunk of trees or on lower branches where it has some shade. […]
Masdevallia ludibundella is a miniature masdevallia with large dramatic flowers (the plant here is in a 3cm pot). The species comes from Colombia and enjoys the cool wet conditions that most of our masdevallias enjoy in the Cool Americas section of the greenhouse. The flowers are long lasting and held well clear of the […]
We are very lucky in our part of the world to have some amazing ancient woodland. My favourite is Asham Woods, the largest remnant of the Mendip Great Wood and an SSSI with native daffodil, bluebell and of course, orchids. The Early Purples are at their best and surrounded by bluebells. The impressive work done […]
This small growing species has a wide distribution through Central and South America as well as the Caribbean Islands. Is found from sea level up to about 1000m and we have seen it on school expeditions to Costa Rica. It flowers very quickly from seed and is a coloniser of fruit trees and coffee bushes. […]