WSBEorchids

Dendrobium wardianum – 365 days of orchids – day 1546

This is a very different dendrobium to yesterday’s Dendrobium deicatum and a species that is a guaranteed show stopper with its long pendulous pseudobulbs and large, dramatic and fragrant flowers. As you can see from the first photograph the plant is a whopper with pseudobulbs 2m long with over a metre producing flowers in groups […]

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Dendrobium delicatum – 365 days of orchids – day 1545

Today’s spring sunshine warmed up the greenhouse and filled it with the heady fragrance of Dendrobium delicatum. Dendrobium delicatum is a natural hybrid between two Australian species, that have already featured in 365 days, Dendrobium speciosum and Dendrobium kingianum . With the variable nature of the parent species it is not a surprise that Dendrobium delicatum is highly variable […]

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A busy day in the greenhouse and laboratory

We have been busy in the greenhouse this week during lunchtimes and after school especially repotting plants such as these Stenoglottis fimbriatas and pollinating flowers to produce new seed for the propagation laboratory. During lessons the Year 13 science students have been continuing their work linked to our partner scientists at Kew with CTAB DNA […]

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Bulbophyllum auricomum – 365 days of orchids – day 1544

Another miniature orchid with a big character is this delicate and graceful species of Bulbophyllum. Bulbophyllum auricomum is the national flower of Myanmar and features in traditional songs and literature as well as in buddhist traditions. Its name refers to its golden lip and as the plants grow high in the tree tops the flowers […]

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