This species is always in flower and so we have been waiting until a quiet time to post it. The species is native to Colombia, Ecuador, Bolivia, Venezuela and Guyana at altitudes of 1300 to 3500 meters and I have seen it described as a miniature and although the flowers are small grows into a very large plant over time.
Our large plant has over a hundred flower spikes constantly flowering and a froth of flowers surrounding the plant which grows in a basket. Each flower spike lasts three years and slowly gets longer and longer.
This plant won an RHS Cultural Certificate at the London Show in 2016 and is always a think of beauty. It was donated to the project about eighteen years ago and so I guess that this plant is at least thirty years old.
We have made it to day 250 with our daily posts and today we have one of our smaller miniatures. This is our second macroclinium species to feature in 365 days of orchids. Macroclinium lineare is found in warm mossy forests in Costa Rica and Panama at around 700-1400m. This species has shorter flower spikes than Macroclinium chasei (day 117) but larger flowers and when it flowers well it produces a profusion of flowers that all open together giving a great display.
We grow the species mounted in Warm Americas (Min 15C) and spray it daily. The pollinator is a euglossine bee.
This Coelogyne species used to be known as Coelogyne dayana and is native to lowland forests in South East Asia and Malaysia where it grows as an epiphyte on trunks and lower branches in shade. Her it produces spectacularly long flower spikes with up to fifty large and attractive flowers.
This is a small growing Cymbidium found across a wide range from the Himalayas t0 Japan and south through South East Asia and Malaysia. It is a terrestrial species in cool evergreen forests from 2000-2300m where it grows in leaf litter and moss.
To reflect its natural habitat we grow the species cool and shaded and keep it damp all year in pots of baskets. The pseudobulbs have a slight climbing habit which makes regular repotting a good idea and as it produces just a couple of thick roots each year these need protecting from slugs and snails as they emerge from the base of the new growth.
This is a medium sized masdevallia species with very long lasting large flowers that are produced successively over a very long period from a flower spike. It is not unusual for this orchid to be in flower for eight months of the year.
The flowers are invariably pendulous and so we usually move this plant up onto a shelf when flowering. With such a long flowering period it now lives on that shelf.
The species is found in cloud forests from 1500-1900m in Venezuela, Colombia and Ecuador and so plants are very at home in our Cool Americas section.