Blooming Orchids


Index of Plants

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Aerangis hyaloides

Aerangis hyaloides Grown in greehouse, mounted.  

Bulbophyllum lasiochilum

Bulbophyllum lasiochillum

Grows in greenhouse. Another plant, blooming in October..

Roberta Fox (February)

Edie Gulrich (October)

Calanthe rubens

Calanthe rubens pink Grown in intermediate greenhouse. Richard Hess
Calanthe rubens white

Cattleya loddigesii

Cattleya loddigesii Grows outside (coastal) in filtered sun.  

Chelonistele sulphurea

Chelonistele sulphurea Grows outside (coastal). The genus is closely related to Coelogyne. It produces many inflorescences, over a period of about a month or two. Closeup of flower.  

Cirropetalum auratum

Cirropetalum auratum Grown in intermediate greenhouse. Richard Hess

Cleisostoma simondii

Cleisostoma simondii Grows outside (coastal) in bright shade. It needs to be mounted, since the roots ramble in all directions. Flower is about 1/4"  

Cochleanthes amazonica

Cochleanthes amazonica Grown in intermediate greenhouse. Richard Hess

Dendrochilum wenzelii

Dendrochillum wenzelii Grown in intermdiate greenhouse Richard Hess

Dinema polybulbon

Dinema polybulbon

Each pseudobulb is less than an inch, including the leaf, and flower is about 1/2 inch. The plant grows in a mass, so there are dozens of flowers. It grows outside (coastal) in an open basket, in shade. It also grows in an intermediate greenhouse. Plant in greenhouse. Encyclia polybulbon is synonym.

Roberta Fox (coastal)

Richard Hess (greenhouse)

Encyclia maculosa

Encyclia maculosa Grows outside in flitered sun, mounted. The flowers open sequentially, so the plant is in bloom for about six months.  

Epidendrum propinquum

Epidendrum propinquum

Grows outside (coastal) in bright shade or filtered sun.


Helcia sanguinolenta

Helcia saguinolenta Grows outside (coastal) in open shade  

Lepanthes elegantula

Lepanthes elegantula Grows outside (coastal), mounted, in bright shade. It flowers on and off throught the year. New flowers may appear at the end of old inflorescences, so they should not be cut until they are very dry and brittle.  

Lycaste linguella

Lycaste linguella

Grows outside (coastal) in bright shade. Like all Lycastes, likes to be fairly moist, but needs an open medium to provide air to the roots. This plant may bloom twice a year, with another blooming in August.


Masdevallia polysticta

Masdevallia polysticta Grows outside (coastal) in shade. It is grown in small coconut husk chips, in a clay pot to maintain moisture and provide cooling on hot days.  

Maxillaria scalariformis

Maxillaria scalariformis Grows outside (coastal) in shade. It needs to be kept moist. It can bloom several times a year. Closeup of flower.  

Mediocalcar decoratum

Mediocalcar decoratum

These charming miniature plants form a mass, with dozens of flowers. It grows outside (coastal) in an open basket, in shade. Closeup of flower.


Micropera apiculata

Micropera apiculata Small Vandaceous plant grown in greenhouse. The flowers are a bit over 1/8" (around 4 mm)  

Oncidium ornithorhynchum

Oncidium ornithorhynchum Grown in intermediate greenhouse. Richard Hess

Osmoglossum (Odontoglossum) pulchellum

Osmoglossum pulchellum Grows outside (coastal) in filtered sun, mounted. It is extremely fragrant.  
Paphiopedilum haynaldianum Paphiopedilum haynaldianum Grown in greenhouse Ed Wise

Paphiopedilum lowii

Paphiopedilum lowii

Needs the protection of the greenhouse in winter. In spring and summer, it benefits from the outdoor breezes, and grows best hanging. Another plant.


Paphiopedilum spicerianaum

Paphiopedilum spicerianum Grows outside (coastal) in open shade.  

Paphiopedilum primulinum


Paphiopedilum primulinum Grown in intermediate greenhouse. Richard Hess

Paphiopedilum villosum

Paphiopedilum villosum

Grows outside, in filtered sun. It seems to like more light than most Paphs.


Phragmipedium caricinum

Phragmipedium caricinum Grown in intermediate greenhouse Richard Hess
Phragmipedium longifololium Phragmipedium longifolium Grown in greenhouse. It produces several flowers sequentially. Once a new flower opens, the older one will last only a few more days, then drop off without showing signs of fading.  

Pleurothallis immersa

Pleurothallis immersa Grows outside (coastal), in shade. It produces many inflorescences, staying in bloom for two to three months. Closeup view.  

Pleurothallis leptotifolia

Pleurothallis leptotifolia This miniature plant, with closely-bunched terete leaves only about 1" long, grows outside on a mount. It likes bright shade. The flowers are only about 1/8". Here is a closeup.  

Pterostylis curta

Pterostylis curta

This terrestrial orchid grows outside (coastal), can also grow in an intermediate greenhouse. By mid-July, all of the foliage has died. At that point the plant should be dried out completely. In August, the bulbs can be planted in new soil. A combination of sand and African Violet or cactus mix, perhaps with some fine perlite seems to work well. Watering can resume in late August, and the plants spring to life. The number of bulbs multiplies rapidly. The plant in bloom, and closeup of flower.In greenhouse, another plant.

Roberta Fox (coastal)

Richard Hess (greenhouse)

Restrepia antennifera

Restrepia antennifera Grows outside (coastal) in shade. Side view of flower.  

Rodriguezia lanceolata

Rodriguezia lanceolata

Grown in intermediate greenhouse

Richard Hess

Scaphosepalum beluosum

Scaphosepalum beluosum Grows in a basket, outside (coastal), in bright shade. It likes to be moist. Flowers continue to appear on the ends of old inflorescences throughout the year, so those should not be cut until they are very dry and brittle. The flower is very complex so more than one angle is needed to properly appreciate its beauty. This is a view from the front. Here is a view of several inflorescences, with their flowers.  

Stenorrynchos speciosum

Stenorrynchos speciosum Grown in intermediate greenhouse Richard Hess