365 days of orchids – day 359 (Christmas day) – Laelia anceps

Merry Christmas – we have present for you all in today’s orchid. Laelia anceps.  This species is widely reported as being a significant part of the Mexican festival, Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) which takes place at the end of October, but for us, this is a Christmas orchid. Perhaps it is […]


365 days of orchids – day 358 (Christmas eve) – Restrepia radulifera

Here is something special for Christmas eve. This restrepia species stands out with extra large 5cm flowers and the most startling deep red/pink synsepal (the fused lateral sepals that form the main part of restrepia flowers) that to me makes it look properly Christmassy. Like most of our restrepias this species flowers on and off […]


365 days of orchids – day 357 – Odontoglossum gloriosum (Oncidium gloriosum)

What an appropriate name for a Christmas flowering species! Odontoglossum gloriosum is endemic to Colombia and is restricted to cloud forests from 2000 to 2800m. The plant therefore enjoys cool, damp and shady conditions which we provide in Cool Americas. This species produces larger bulbs than our other odontoglossums and 70cm long flower spikes with […]