Sales plants at Paris


We have sorted our sales plants for Paris and the species we are selling are shown below. They look lovely in their sales trays and we are looking forward to setting up our sales tables in Paris

Genus Species
Angraecum didieri
Barbosella australis
Barbosella dusenii
Barkeria whartonia
Bilbophyllum Elizabeth Ann
Bulbophyllum eberhardti
Bulbophyllum falcatum
Bulbophyllum stenobulbon
Bulbophyllum nymphopolitanum
Coelogyne cristata
Coelogyne cristata ‘alba’
Coelogyne fimbriata
Coelogyne lawrenceana
Coelogyne mossiae
Coelogyne pulverula
Coelogyne speciosa ‘albicans’
Coelogyne nitida
Coelogyne stricta
Cymbidium whiteae
Dendrobium adae
Dendrobium fairchildiae
Dendrobium fimbriatum
Dendrobium williamsonii
Dendrobium x delicatum
Dendrobium kingianum
Dendrochilum filiforme
Dendrochilum glumaceum
Dendrochilum magnum
Epidendrum centropatalum
Epidendrum peperomia
Gongora galeata ‘brown’
Gongora gracilis
Gongora quinquinervis
Gongora superflua
Gongora tridentata
Lepanthopsis astrophora
Masdevallia bonplandii
Masdevallia coreacea
Masdevallia decumana x veitchiana
Masdevallia dynastes
Masdevallia erinacea
Masdevallia floribunda
Masdevallia garciae
Masdevallia hystrix
Masdevallia impostor
Masdevallia laucheana
Masdevallia lehmannii
Masdevallia ludibundella
Masdevallia Measuresiana
Masdevallia mystica
Masdevallia pachyura ‘cuadas orange’
Masdevallia paeviana
Masdevallia pandurilabia
Masdevallia picea
Masdevallia pyxis
Masdevallia rim-rima alba
Masdevallia veitchiana x glandulosa
Masdevallia vittata
Masdevallia rolfeana
Maxillaria porphyrostele
Maxillaria praestans
Mediocalcar decoratum
Miltonia cuneata
Octomeria densiflora
Octomeria grandiflora
Odontoglossum cristatum
Oncidium wentworthianum
Ornithophora radicans
Pholidota pallens
Platystele consobrina
Pleurathallis obovata
Pleurathallis ruscifolia
Pleurathallis stenosepala
Pleurathallis tuerckheimii
Pleurothallis costaricensis
Pleurothallis galeata
Pleurothallis gracillima
Pleurothallis paliolata
Pleurothallis producta
Pleurothallis restrepiodes
Pleurothallis ruscifolia
Pleurothallis sub-picta
Pleurothallis lindenii
Pleurothallis pseudopellucida
Polystachya galeata
Prosthechea baculus
Prosthechea cochleata
Restrepia antenifera ‘striped form’
Restrepia citrina
Restrepia cymbula
Restrepia mendozae
Restrepia striata
Restrepia trichoglossa
Restrepia lankesteriana
Sarcochilus aequalis
Sophronitella violacea
Stanhopea tigrina
Stelis aprica
Stelis congesta
Stelis dalstroemii
Stelis emarginata ‘big orange’
Stelis emarginata ‘yellow’
Stelis nexipous
Stelis sp Costa Rica – little gem
Stelis sp. Costa Rica ‘brown’
Stenoglottis fimbriata
Stenoglottis fimbriata x longifolia
Stenoglottis longifolia
Xylobium subintegrum

We will also have the following species in flask

Genus species
Cattleya tenebrosa
Angraecum didieri
Stanhopea oculata
Dendrobium fimbriatum
Bulbophyllum carunculatum
Cymbidium devonianum
Bulbophyllum graveolens
Paphiopedilum mastersianum
Epidendrum centropetalum
Phalaenopsis ambionensis
Guarianthe aurantiaca


365 days of orchids – day 434 – Dendrobium infundibulum

Today we are continuing to get plants ready for the European Orchid Congress in Paris and it looks as if this species might be one that books a spot in the van.

This large flowered dramatic Dendrobium is native to the Eastern Himalayas from Assam through China, Thailand, Laos and Vietnam. We find it does best grown warm (we give it a minimum of 16C) where it seems to flower well without a marked rest period. The long pseudobulbs are particularly attractive with their covering of dark hairs.

On our expeditions to Laos we have found its habitat in evergreen forest with hot wet summers and dryer cooler winters although dew is significant in the dry season leaving the forest damp every morning.

The species flowers several times each year and the individual flowers, although looking papery, last for two months. Our plant is still young but has flowers and buds on three years of growth and with a bit of luck will be flowering of two of them by Paris.

As you can see each year’s growth is considerably longer than the previous year and this will form a really magnificent plant in years to come.


365 days of orchids – day 433 – Epidendrum centropetala


This is an orchid no one should be without. It is a strong growing little plant that produces long lasting pink flowers at the ends of short canes each spring and over time it becomes a large tangle of roots and stems like the plant held by the Temperate team in the photo.

The species is native to Central America where it grows from 1200-1500m in coolish evergreen or semi evergreen forest. We have been growing the species for 25 years at school and find that it is not fussy about temperature – it grows well in Cool Asia, Cool Americas, Warm Americas and Warm Asia but it does enjoy air to its roots (mounted or in very open bark compost) and plenty of water.

It has the advantage of propagating really easily – either by seed (and we have had seedlings flower just 1 year out of flask) or by division as it produces lots of small plants on its older stems as it grows. We have several plants to take to Paris with us, both for display and for sale.

We have done more label changing with this plant that most. In 1993 our plant arrived as Epidendrum centropetala but it changed to Oerstedella centropetala soon afterwards as Epidendrum was split. A further change to Oerstedella centradenia followed, but from recent molecular studies it has returned to Epidendrum, and is once again Epidendrum centropetala. The plants don’t seem to mind what we call them.


365 days of orchids – day 432 – Coelogyne holochila

We are now less than two weeks from arriving in Paris for the European Orchid Congress and Exhibition and the team at the Orchid Project are getting very excited. In part our excitement is due to the way that several of our really monster orchids have decided that they fancy a trip to Paris and have started to open their flowers. James seems very happy in the photo above as he surveys Coelogyne holochila which started to open flowers last week and will be in perfect condition for Paris.


This species is a large grower with 10cm pseudobulbs each topped with two dark green leaves and a long flower spike of six to twelve large attractive flowers. The species is native to the Himalayas where it is reported from Nepal through Sikkim, Bhutan and Arunachal Pradesh through to Yunnan. We have seen the species flowering in the tops of trees in wet evergreen forests at 2000m in Arunachal Pradesh and the closely related Coelogyne stricta in simillar forests.

Specimens in the wild become really large plants enveloping sections of the trunk or main branches of large trees and our specimen at school has grown to a very large size since arriving as a single bulb in 1993. We grow the plant in Cool Asia (minimum 10C) and keep it well watered throughout the year especially in the summer. The plant now has a verdant layer of natural moss around the base of the pseudobulbs.



365 days of orchids – day 431 – Masdevallia attenuata

This charming miniature Masdevallia is the 35th Masdevallia to feature in 365 days (see them all in our Orchid Species Information) reflecting both the diversity within this genus and our passion for them at Writhlington.

Masdevallia attenuata is found from Costa Rica to Ecuador and is a mini-miniature only growing to 4cm high and producing masses of pretty little flowers that are large for the size of the plant. We have a number of species with similar flowers (probably attracting similar pollinators) but this is the smallest growing.

The species succeeds in Cool Americas kept cool and moist throughout the year.