WSBEorchids

365 days of orchids – day 356 – Pholidiota leveilleana

Researching 365 days of orchids has thrown up a few surprises and one has been this species. We have come across several Pholidota species (that are closely related to Coelogyne) in Loas, Sikkim and Arunachal Pradesh. Some species are small and attractive, others are large and straggly but all have been cool growing. As a […]

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365 days of orchids – day 355 – Odontoglossum cristatum (Oncidium cristatum)

This species is vigorous and free flowering and in Autumn and Spring produces long arching spikes of large flowers in glossy brown, red and white. Odontoglossum cristatum is native to Ecuador and Colombia where it is found in cloud forest from 1500-2600 m altitude and so it is very well suited to growing in our […]

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365 days of orchids – day 354 – Stelis portoi

Today’s species is another that flowers for several months of the year. Stelis portoi is one of our larger Stelis species with leaves reaching 20cm and long flower stems with partially opening 1cm flowers. The flowers bloom all together and when several stems flower together they look very attractive. The species is native to Ecuador […]

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365 days of orchids – day 353 – Restrepia striata

Our restrepias flower throughout the year but December is a particularly good month for them. Restrepia striata is one of our favourites with medium sized (3cm) flowers produces in profusion well clear of the leaves and giving a lovely display. The species is native to South America where it is found from Colombia to Peru […]

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