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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Ada ocanenis

Ada ocanensis

Grows outside (coastal) in open shade. It is fragrant.


Angraecum sesquipedale

Angraecum sesquipedale Grows in greenhouse. Closer view of flower. This is the "Darwin orchid" Upon viewing the flower, Charles Darwin predicted that it would be pollinated by a moth with a 12" proboscis, since that is the approximate length of the nectary. Some 40 years after his death the moth was discovered. Natural Selection predicts that the moth and the flower would evolve to optimize the specific pollination of this plant.  

Ascocentrum pumulum

Ascocentrum pumilum Grows outside (coastal) in open shade. It is mounted, and would also grow well in a basket.  

Bonatea speciosa

Bonatea speciosa

This terrestrial grows outdoors (coastal). It may stay active through the winter, or may go dormant. If dormant, water should be greatly reduced. Closeup of flower.


Cattleya percivaliana

Cattleya percivaliana

Grows in greenhouse. Closeup of the beautiful lip. Here is the semi-alba form with closeup.


Cymbidium dayanam

Cymbidium dayanaum

Grows outside (coastal). It seems to do best hanging in one of the long Japanese pots, to accommodate the long roots. It is one of the easiest of the Chinese-type Cymbidium species to grow. It grows in bright shade or filtered sun.


Dendrochilum arachnites

Dendrochilum arachnites This actually IS Dendrochilum arachnites ("spidery"). It grows under the same conditions as the species below. Here is the plant, with multiple inflorescences.  

Dendrochilum sp.

Dendrochilum sp.

Labeled "arachnites" but it isn't. Grows outside, in bright shade. It prefers to be on the moist side.


Epidendrum capricornu

Epidendrum capricornu

Grows outside, in filtered sun or open shade. Closeup of flower.


Epidendrum marsupiale

Epidendrum marsupiale

Grows outside, in open shade.


Epidendrum peperomia (syn. porpax)

Epidendrum porpax Grows outside, in open shade, mounted. It can form dense clusters. It has had a number of name changes (Genus went from Epidendrum to Neolehmannia to Nanodes and back to Epidendrum, species from porpax to peperomia.) It can produce a large mat. This specimen was the Speaker's Choice for January 2010. It was grown by Richard Hess in an intermediate greenhouse. Another color form.

Roberta Fox for outside-grown plant.

Richard Hess for specimen plant.

Lepanthes vellicata

Lepanthies vellicata Grown in geenhouse, mounted. Flowers are about 1/8" (3 mm), growing on the undersides of the leaves  

Maxillaria schunkeana

Maxillaria schunkeana Grew for about a year in greenhouse, but has been moved outside (coatal) and is growing better. This plant is mounted. It can also grow well in a basket. In very bright light one can see that the color is actually a very dark burgundy, but in normal light it appears essentially black.  

Oerstedella centradenia

Oerstedella centradenia

Grew outside (coastal) for two years, but is now doing much better in greenhouse. The plant produces keikis, which can be potted as a new plant. Closeup of flower.


Oncidium cheirophorum

Oncidium cheirophorum

Grows outside (coastal), mounted, in filtered sun or bright shade. Flowers are about 1/2", each growth (pseudobulb and leaf) is about 3".


Oncidium nebulosum

Oncidium nebulosum

Grows outside (coastal) in filtered sun. It grows mounted. Note that the petals and sepals are reflexed sharply back. Closeup of the flower.


Paphiopedilum wardii

Paphiopedilum wardii

Grows outside (coastal) in shade. Also can be grown in intermediate greenhouse. (Photo) Another plant

Roberta Fox (coastal)

Richard Hess (greenhouse)

Phalaenopsis cornu-cervi

Phalaenopsis cornu-cervi Grown in greenhouse. It is a non-stop bloomer, so it could be in just about any month. The inflorscence keeps producing new flowers at the end. As the older ones drop, they leave an indentation on the inflorescence, so that as it grows longer, it acquires a very interesting appearance. There is also an alba form . And Var. rubescens has a smaller flower, but very intense color.  

Pleurothallis restrepiodes

Pleurothallis restrepiodes

Grows outside (coastal) in open shade. It prefers to be on the damp side. Closeup of the flower.


Sophronitis coccinea

Sophronitis coccinea

Grows outside (coastal), in shade. It is in a clay pot, which helps to cool the roots on warm days. It does not like heat.


Sophronitis wittigiana

Sophronitis wittigiana Syn. Sophronitis rosea. Grows outside under shade cloth, and blooms every year in January. Plant is mounted Joy Keyser