Many of our Oncidium species are large growing plants with long flower spikes but this species is a charming little thing.
Oncidium longipes is a Brazilian species and we saw it growing in the forests around Macae de Cima in our school visits to Brazil in 2000 and 2006. It is restricted to primary forests and grows in the mid canopy amongst other epiphytes in dappled shade and high humidity.
We find the species really prefers to be mounted where it responds by clothing the mount in growths that burst into flower in the Autumn. Flower spikes usually produce between one and three flowers but they are large for the size of the plant as seen here.
We have grown our plants from flask (they flower two years out of flask) and they show considerable variation in colour and patterning.
Yesterday’s orchid was small, but todays is a tiny mini-miniature that wows with stunning flowers every autumn.
Trisetella cordeliae has tiny leaves – just 10mm long – and short spikes with small (but relatively large) attractive hairy pink flowers. The flower spikes produce a succession of flowers over a long period.
The species is endemic to Peruvian cloud forests and we treat it the same as other Trisetella – cool, damp and shaded.
We are entering the main flowering season for this floriferous little species from Ecuador.
Stelis stevensonii is a vigorous small growing plant that produces multiple spikes of well spaced little flowers typical of the genus. It is endemic to Ecuador and lives in wet forests at around 1600m. This is a warmer habitat than some of our species are adapted for making this species less fussy about warm days in the greenhouse, ideal for indoor culture, and an easy plant to grow as long as it is kept well watered and shaded. As these photographs show the plant does well in a small pot(below), in a small basket or mounted (as above)
If you look closely at the flowers with a magnifying glass they have hairy edges to the sepals – an extra bonus for a rewarding orchid species.
We have several plants available at the online shop
This morning the Cool Asia section of our greenhouse is heavy with the unmistakable citrus scent of Cymbidium tracyanum. The scent is coming from this large plant hanging in the roof. The plant is from seed sown in the 1990s and takes us right back to the early days of the Orchid Project propagation laboratory.
Cymbidium tracyanum is a large flowered and fragrant cymbidium which every autumn sends up spikes up to 90cm long with around fifteen flowers on a spike. The species is native to Southern China, Thailand and Myanmar where it grows in wet forests from 1200-1900m as both an epiphyte on mossy trunks and branches or on mossy rocks.
To replicate the plants natural habitat we grow plants in our cool Asia section (minimun 10C) and keep plants very well watered when in active growth (spring and summer) and damp at other times. Plants would be very happy growing outside from mid May through to September but remember to keep them wet to replicate their monsoon home.
As the first of the large flowered Cymbidiums to flower every autumn and it is often still in flower at Christmas. It forms great specimen plants with multiple spikes. We find the best time to divide plants that need it (particularly if they are crowded with old pseudobulbs in the centre of the plant) is in early spring just after flowering.
We have a few clones including a much darker form which we have used as a pod parent for more seed to sow this year.
We currently have Cymbidium tracyanum seedlings in-vitro, along with several other Cymbidium species; hookerianum, insigne, wenshanense, tigrinum, erythraeum and dayanum, so if your are interested in Cymbidiums we will have lots of seedlings on offer by the spring.
Chloe here, I wanted to thank the orchid team back home for my delivery from Etsy- it was just in time as I had to isolate in my flat and wanted to bring a bit of the outside inside. The wonderful Stenoglottis longifolia is currently flowering, as is the Stellis stevensonii. The Coelogyne cristata is also a favourite of mine and I couldn’t resist it when I saw one available on Etsy. All three orchids have somehow managed to squeeze onto my dorm room window sill and are very happy alongside my Tilansia’s, tea plant, and several terrariums as well as a few other orchids (including Thomas the Cymbidium sp).
Thomas the Cymbidium