365 days of orchids – day 306 – Masdevallia mendozae

This is a close relative of Masdevallia hirtzii (day 303) and is endemic to Ecuador. This species also has tubular orange flowers pollinated by humming birds and is a miniature species with 4cm leaves. The flowers have a really unusual shape with their bent tubes and small openings and a well grown plant will flower […]


365 days of orchids – day 305 – Barbosella cogniauxiana

This is our third barbosella species and this is intermediate in size between B. australis and B.dusenii (days 230 and 245). We have several plants of this species that all come from a flask of seedlings from Equatorial Plants purchased in 2001 after our first visit to Brazil with the Rio Atlantic Forest Trust. We […]


365 days of orchids – day 304 – Coelogyne barbata

  Barbata means ‘bearded’ and the bearded coelogyne is a truly spectacular thing. This plant has been growing in Cool Asia since 1998 and is rapidly becoming a specimen plant. This year there are eleven spikes each with about ten large flowers. The dark brown ‘beard’ on the lip is probably an evolutionary adaption to […]