Blooming Orchids


Index of Plants

(A plant may bloom in several months - use the Index of Plants to find the picture and information)
















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Catasetum expansum

Cataseum expansum - female flower

Grows in greenhouse. Like all Catasetenae, it needs to be kept dry through its winter dormancy. Top is a female flower, bottom is male flower (same plant, different years) Female flowers are more likely to be produced with higher light, male flowers with less light, but there are no guarantees - the plant does what it wants to do.


Catasetum expansum - male flower

Catasetum macrocarpum

Catasetum macrocarpum

Grows in greenhouse. These go dormant in winter and need to be kept dry until new growth is established. This is a male flower. Note the trigger that ejects the polinia with great force when touched, or even if the flower is jostled.


Cattleya forbesii

Cattleya forbesii

Grows outside (coastal) in filtered sun. Closeup of flower, showing beautiful lip. The pink form has a larger flower. Closeup of pink form.


Cymbidium aloifolium (pendulum)

Cymbidium aloifolium Grows outside in bright shade. The hard leaves of this Cymbidium species burn very easily in any direct sun. Closeup of the flower.  

Cattleya labiata

Cattleya labiata Grows in greenhouse. This is the alba form, there is also the more common pink form. Here is the coerulea form. This the semi-alba form, and a closeup.  

Dendrobium amabile

Dendrobium amabile Grows outside (coastal) in bright shade or filtered sun. Closeup of flower.  

Chelonistele sulphurea

Chelonistele sulphurea Grows outside (coastal) in open shade. It may need a bit of winter protection if temperatures are much belo 40 degrees. This genus is closely related to Coelogyne, which is especially apparaent as the inflorescence develops. Closeup of flower.  

Dendrobium dichaeoides

Dendrobium dichaeoides Grows outside, in filtered sun or bright shade. It is mounted with a thick pad of sphagnum moss under it, to keep it moist. This is the "creeping" type. The leaves are reminiscent of Dichaea, hence the name. Closeup of the flower.  

Dracula bella

Dracula bella Grows outside (coastal) in shade. It needs to stay moist, and as cool as possible. It must be grown in a basket, since the inflorescence emerges from the side or bottom of the plant. Closeup of flower.  

Elleanthus amethystinus

Elleanthus fractiflexus

Grows outside, in full sun (coastal). A growth may bloom sequentially, similar to Sobralia.


Encyclia alata

Encyclia alata Grows outside (coastal) in filtered sun. Spike can be 3 ft. long or more. It is fragrant.  

Epidendrum echinatum

Epidendrum echinatum Grows outside (coastal) in filtered sun. References identify it as "warm/intermediate" so it probably would benefit from a bit of winter protection. The name refers to the spiny flowers, apparent in this closeup.  

Epidendrum polyanthum

Epidendrum polyanthum Grows outside(coastal) in filtered sun. The spikes can re-bloom, so should not be cut unless completely brown and brittle. Closeup of flower.  

Gastrochilus japonicus

Gastrochilus japonicus

Grows outside (coastal) in basket, in shade. Closeup of flower.


Lemboglossum rossii

Lemboglossum rossii Grows outside (coastal), mounted, in open shade or filtered sun. Frequent heavy misting helps to keep the plant cool. Closeup of the flower.  

Laelia eyermaniana

Laelia eyermaniana Grows outside (coastal), mounted, in almost full sun.  

Lycaste macrophylla

Lycaste macrophylla Grows outside (coastal)in open shade.  

Masdevallia weberbauri

Masdevallia webebauri Grows outside (coastal) in shade. A clay pot, and lots of moisture, helps it to stay cool in the summer. It produces multiple flowers successively on an inflorescence, over a period of more than a year.  

Maxillaria bradei

Maxillaria bradei

Can grow outside (coastal) in open shade, but seems to benefit from greenhouse protection in winter. It grows in an open basket. It is fragrant.


Maxillaria lehmanii

Maxillaria lehmanii Grows outside (coastal) in open shade, in a basket. It likes to be fairly moist.  

Neofinetia falcata

Neofinetia faclata

Grown in greenhouse or outside (coastal). See the special page for more information and photos.


Oncidium incurvum

Oncidium incurvum Grows outside (coastal) in filtered sun or bright shade. The long inflorescence grows for many months before blooming. Closeup of flower.  

Pescatoria lehmanii

Pescatorea lehmanii

Grows in greenhouse. Needs to be fairly moist.


Phalaenopsis bellina

Phalaenopsis bellina Grown in greenhouse. It is very fragrant. It may produce multiple flowers sequentially on an inflorescence. It is closely related to Phal. violacea.  

Phalaenopsis pantherina

Phalaenopsis pantherina Grown in greenouse  

Rhyncholaelia digbyana

Rhyncholaelea digbyana Grows outside in filtered sun most of the year. It seems to benefit from greenhouse protection in winter. More importantly, it needs to be kept fairly dry in in winter. It does need very bright light during that winter rest period to bloom. It is very fragrant in the evening. The fimbriata form has fringes on the petals as well as the lip.  

Scaphosepalum verrucosum

Scaohosepalum verrucosum Grows outside (coastal), mounted, in shade. The inflorescences produce flowers in succession for many months, even years.  
Stenocoryne aureo-fulva Stenocoryne aureo-fulva Grows outside(coastal) in open shade or filtered sun. It may produce additional inflorescences over the next few months.  

Stanhopea wardii

Stanhopea wardii

Grown outside (coastal) in a wooden basket; after blooming has been transferred to a wire basket lined with coconut fiber. It hangs in a Kumquat tree on the east side of the house where it gets morning sun. It was obtained as a division from Ardell "Lucky" Marlin in 2003, and has bloomed almost every year. In 2009 it had 8 inflorescences of 4-5 flowers each, blooming successively. This photo was taken on 8/26 in the afternoon. Here are the flowers when they had just opened in the morning of 8/25

Janet Hennessey

Trichopilia rostrata

Trichopilia rostrata Grows outside (coastal) in bright shade. The flower looks very similar to the unknown species that grows in greenouse, on the October page. However, pseudobulbs are large, and the plant appears more vigorous. It may, however, be the same species.  

Vanda roeblingiana

Vanda roeblingiana

Grows outside (coastal). This Vanda species is very cold-tolerant. It can withstand temperatures down to 30 deg. F, especially if kept dry. Closeup of flower.