WSBEorchids

Winner of Orchid of the week – week 2 – Pleurothallis truncata

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Here is Amber with last week’s winning orchid – Pleurothallis truncata which will go forward to ‘Orchid of the Month’  – Thanks again to all of you who voted. 44% of the vote went to the winner and Dracula bella was second with 22%. There are some great orchids heading your way this week – voting again opens on Saturday.

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365 days of orchids – day 16 – Gongora Catilligera

gongora-catilligeraThis fragrant orchid is found in Columbia usually at around 1000m and the most consistent sent identification we have had is adhesive tape. This genus has a pendulous flower spike that hangs down which means we have to hang them up when the flower spike appears. There is very little research and information on this orchid probably because the genus Gongora is amongst the hardest to identify by looks. This is due to the fact that their pollinator, a euglossine or perfume bee, finds and identifies it by smell.

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365 days of orchids – day 15 – Pleurothallis restrepiodes

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Hi I’m Issy and I’m in year 8 at Writhlington school and I’m in the orchid project. This is me in cool Americas with todays orchid. I particularly like Pleurothallis restrepiodes because it is purple, it looks great from underneath, and really surprisingly it smells of wet cat.

This species comes from Colombia, Ecuador and Peru where it grows in cool wet forest. I have heard that one time we had ice on this plant and it didn’t kill it so it is obviously very tough. It also propagates really easily from keikis that grow in the top of older leaves.

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