This dramatic flower belongs to Masdevallia don quijote. This species is quite a small plant (12cm leaves) but has very large flowers on long stems. It is rather whimsically named after the character Don Quixote in the novel by Miguel de Cervantes because the dorsal sepal looks like a lance and the lateral sepals like the […]
For our 600th day we have a species we have not featured previously. This small growing Maxillaria is native to South America from Venezuela to Peru and grows in wet forest from 450-2400m. The plant has a scrambling nature and so we find it does well mounted as long as it can be kept cool […]
With the Bristol University Bee and Pollination Festival just a week away it is time to start checking which orchids will be good to go. One that will be at its peak is Stelis lapoi which has more flower spikes on this August than ever before. Stelis lapoi is one of our larger Stelis species […]
We are preparing for one of our favourite weekends in the calendar. From 10-5 next Saturday and Sunday the Bristol University Botanic Garden will be a ‘buzz’ with people and activities including students from the orchid project introducing the public to the amazing stories of orchids and their diverse pollinators.
We generally have less orchids in flower in the summer than other times of the year as most species are in the middle of their growing season. It is therefore great to have some species in the collection that flower throughout the year. One species that is always in flower in the greenhouse is Epidendrum […]