365 days of orchids – day 122 – Cymbidium tigrinum


This beautiful small growing species is our eighth Cymbidium species on 365 days. It is another Himalayan species and is found growing as a lithophyte on rocks from Assam, Myanmar and China.

This plant is grown from seed we sowed in 2004and is now quite a specimen. We find that plants grow really well in baskets that show their slightly pendulous large flowers off to full advantage. Plants look rather like Coelogynes when not in flower and we grow the species in a similar way to Coelogyne cristata with a very wet summer and a cool winter.

There is quite a bit of variation in the species and we have darker and lighter clones.

 A less spotted but darker petalled clone.



365 days of orchids – day 121 – Dendrobium thyrsiflorum


This majestic species is native to Eastern Himalayas and South East Asia. We have seen it on school expeditions to Laos growing in the tops of tall trees in evergreen and semi deciduous forest at around 1000m where it experiences warm wet summers and a dryer cooler winter.

To reflect the natural habitat we grow the species in Warm Asia during the summer but move it to cool Americas for the winter which encourages perfect flowering as you can see from the photo where the plant surrounds James, Hanna and Issy with its masses flower spikes from previous years bulbs.

 The species is closely related to Dendrobium densiflorum (day 97) which grows further west in the Himalayas, has shorter differently shaped bulbs and flowers that are all yellow and tighter on the spike.

We have another clone in flower too so lots of pollinating to do on Monday.


365 days of orchids – day 120 – Masdevallia guayanensis

This small growing Masdevallia species is found in Venzuela, Guyana and northern Brazil where it grows as an epiphyte in moist forest at around 1800m altitude.

The leaves are about 5cm long and over time it forms a tight clump which then produces a profusion of relatively large and rather elegant white flowers. It is rather pendant in its habit and it works really well mounted especially as the stems are dark and contrast really well with the bright green leaves and clear white flowers.