Prosthechea baculus

Prosthechea baculus grows in central and south America and, in our greenhouse, can be found in warm America. It has flowers quite like the Prosthechea cochleata but it only has two flower which are held back to back.  This is where it gets its name.  Like most Prosthecheas, it is another upside down orchid.


Zoe Parfitt

Hello, my name is Zoe and I have been in the project for three and a half years now. I spend all my free time, including before, during and after school, working with the orchids. I am in charge of a wide variety of orchids including: Pleione, Disa, Spiranthes, British orchids, Bifernia, Maxillaria and I help look after Zygopetalums. Over the next year, I will be blogging about Writhlington Orchid Project.

Myself and Zoe Barnes at Chelsea Flower show, with Alan Titchmarsh. Also in the background taking a photo is my mum, hi mum!


Brassavola nodosa

Hello, my name is Heather. I have been a part of the project for two years and dedicate time before, during and after school to it. I am in charge of Cattleya, Brassavola, Tricopillia and Barkeria. The Barkeria spectabilis recently won Orchid of  the Year. Over the next few months I will be blogging about my orchids, so keep an eye out for my blogs.

The Brassavola nodosa we found on our expedition in Belize.

Brassavola nodosa, or ‘Lady of the Night’, is a very popular orchid and has a strong fragrance. It is native to Mexico, Colombia, Venezuela and Central America. It is widely spread along the Gulf of Mexico, southwards from Tampico, so needs to be grown in warm to intermediate conditions with plenty of light. It flowers in autumn and winter and we grow it in Warm America. Our expedition to Belize found lots of this orchid growing in coastal forest and mangrove.  Brassavola nodosa was growing in full sun along with Schomburgkia tibicinis, which we also have in Warm America.