Pleurothallis amparoana – 365 days of orchids – day 860

A plant that caused a lot of interest at the Devon show was this little species.

Pleurothallis amparoana is native to wet montane forest in Costa Rica and Panama from 1200 to 1800m altitude and is unusual in the extremely furry flowers. We grow the species with most of our Pleurothallids in Cool Americas and find it particularly enjoys a small basket where we can keep it damp all year but with good drainage.



Ionopsis utricularoides – 365 days of orchids – day 859

This delightful miniature has a wide distribution through Central and South America as well as the Caribbean Islands. Is found from sea level up to about 1000m and we have seen it on school expeditions to Costa Rica.

The species flowers very quickly from seed and is a coloniser of fruit trees and coffee bushes and it was on coffee bushes in Costa Rica that we spotted it while waiting for a bus.

We grow plants in our Warm Americas Section in a tiny pot although the plant scrambles around above the pot. The amount of flower is extraordinary for such a tiny plant.


Best in Show at the Devon Orchid Show

The Devon Orchid Show has been a wonderful day (as usual) thanks to great team who organise the show.

Eleanor, Amalia and Ed are collecting several trophies later for our awards including:

 Odontoglossum cristatum – won Best Oncininae species – Oncidinae trophy – Best Species and Best in Show.

Vanda ampulaces – Won best Vandae species and the Vandae trophy

Cymbidium devonianum – won best Cymbidium species and the Cymbidium trophy.

 Bulbophyllum phalaenopsis – won best any other species and the Any Other trophy

 Epidendrum parkinsonianum – won best Laeliniae species and the Laeliniae trophy

 There were also awards of merit for Prostheche cochleata, Lycaste aromatica

A massive well done to the Orchid Project team at school for growing such wonderful plants.