WSBEorchids

365 days of orchids – Prosthechea prismatorcarpa – day 182

This wonderful species from Central America is a large growing member of the cattleya family that produces long spikes of dramatic flowers. These are butterfly pollinated with the pink section of the lip the perfect shape for a large butterfly to grab a hold. We have seen this species in tall remnant trees on cloudy […]

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365 days of orchids – day 181 – Angraecum magdalenae

  This species from the mountains of central Madagascar is one of our most rewarding orchid species. The large waxy, pristine white flowers are wonderfully fragrant and currently fill its section with their intoxicating scent. The plant’s natural habitat is in leaf litter amongst quartzite boulders but we find the species enjoys a mossy basket where […]

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365 days of orchids – day 180 – Thunia alba

Thunia species are native to the Himalayas where they grow long pseudobulbs during the monsoon and then drop their leaves once the dry season starts. We have seen Thunia alba growing on the side of mossy boulders in shade near the road from Kalimpong (West Bengal)  to Gangtok (Sikkim) at around 500m altitude where they will experience […]

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365 days of orchids – day 179 – Gomesa flexuosa

This Brazillian species has recently been transferred from Oncidium to Gomesa along with many of the Brazillian oncidiums. It is native the the Mata Atlantica forests running along the Atlantic Coast of Brazil, Uruguay, Paraguay and Argentina. It is found from as an epiphyte from coastal marshes up to 1200m and adapted to the seasonal dry […]

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