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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Brassavola nodosa

Brassavola nodosa

Grows in greenhouse. It can grow outside (coastal) but really does much better in the greenhouse. It is sweetly fragrant at night (south of the border is called "La Dama de la Noche") Here is another plant, with a particularly large flower, B. nodosa 'Panama Soiree' HCC/AOS

Roberta Fox

Richard Hess

Brassia verrucosa

Brassia verrucosa

Grows outside (coastal). It does well mounted. Closeup of flower. Another plant, with an extremely large flower. This one grows in a basket.


Bulbophyllum carunculatum

Bulbophyllum carunculatum

Grows in greenhouse. The lip wobbles with the slightest motion of the plant. The fragrance is not particularly pleasant but isn't overwhelmingly strong. Another angle shows the way the lip dangles between the lateral sepals.


Cleisostoma birmanicum

Cleistoma birmanicum

Grows outside (coastal). This is one of the hardy vandadeous species that can tolerate temperatures down to freezing, especially if dry. Closeup of the flower.


Dendrobium cuthbertsonii

Dendrobium cuthbertsonii Grows outside (coastal), mounted, in shade. This species can be tricky to grow, since it wants cool temperatures and very pure water. However, this one seems to be thriving on city water (around 300 ppm TDS) and has tolerated the summer (relatively cool, but there were some hot days) It receives a heavy misting at least once a day, more on hot days, and both the flushing of salts (facilitated by being mounted) and cooling from the heavy watering, seems to sufficient to keep the plant growing well. Flowers can last for several months. Bicolor form. A pink form.  

Dendrobium hercoglossum

Dendrobium hercoglossum Grows outside (coastal).  

Dendrobium laevifolium

Dendrobium laevifolium

Grows in intermediate greenhouse

Peter T. Lin

Encyclia hanburii

Encyclia hanburii Grows outside (coastal) in almost full sun. Closeup of flower.  

Encyclia belizensis ssp. parviflora

Encyclia belizensis Grows outside (coastal) in full sun, with the Cymbidiums. Closeup of the flower.  

Encyclia mariae

Encyclia mariae

Grows outside(coastal). Grows best mounted.


Gongora cassidea (?)

Gongora cassidea

Grows outside (coastal), in shade. It must be grown in an open basket, since the inflorescences grow from the bottom and sides of the plant. Closeup of flower. This may actually be Gongora galeata (See September ) Identifying and correctly labeling this one is clearly not unique to this plant. See the reference to this species.


Laelia purpurata

Laelia purpurata

Grows outside (coastal) in filtered sun. This species has many color forms. On this page you can see some of them.


Laelia tenebrosa

Laelia tenebrosa

Grows outside (coastal) in filtered sun.


Lycaste cochleata

Lycaste cochleata

Grows outside (coastal) in bright shade. It prefers to be fairly moist. It loses leaves in winter, and the flowers appear before the new leaves. It does not seem to need to dry out even when it is dormant. It is fragrant.


Maxillaria pseudo-reichenheimiana

Maxillaria pseudoreichenheimiana Grows outside, in shade. It may be brought into the greenhouse if the winter is very cold, but it is more cold-tolerant than Max. reichenheimiana to which it looks very similar. The spots on the leaves are also larger.  

Miltonia spectabilis v. rosea

Miltonia spectabilis v. rosea

Grows outside (coastal). It does best in bright shade. It prefers to be fairly moist. On tag this says "v. floralia" but on the Floralia website this plant is listed as "V. roseum". Another plant, grown in intermediate greenhouse.

Roberta Fox (Outside)

Richard Hess (Greenhouse)

Nageliella purpurea

Nagiela purpurea

Grows outside (coastal) in bright shade. It needs a very well-drained medium. Old inflorescences may rebloom, and so should not be cut unless they are very brittle. Flowers are about 1/2" or less.


Phalaenopsis violacea

Phalaenopsis violacea Grown in intermediate greenhouse. It produces flowers succesively on an inflorescence, so do not cut spike that is still green. It is fragrant. This plant is Phal. violacea v. sumatrana.  

Rossioglossum schlieperianum

Rossioglossum schlieperianum

Grows outside (coastal) in bright shade. Closeup of flower


Stanhopea oculata (syn. bucephalus)

Stanhopea bucephalus Grows outside, in bright shade or filtered sun. This plant is labeled "bucephalus" but currently-accepted species is "oculata". As with all Stanhopeas, flowers emerge from the bottom or side of the basket and hang downward. They are very fragrant.  

Stanhopea nigroviolacea (syn. tigrina v. nigroviolacea )

Stanhopea tigrina var nigroviolacea

Grows outside (coastal) in shade. It must be grown in a basket, since the inflorescence grows downward. The flower opens very suddenly, and there is a powerful vanilla fragrance. The huge flowers (about 8" across) only last for a few days. This plant is a selfing of the plant 'Predator' on which Neal Crosswhite won an FCC in 1996. Closeup of flower


Stenoglottis woodii

Stenoglottis woodii

Grows outside (coastal). After blooming, it loses leaves and goes dormant. Watering should be cut back, but it does not seem to need to dry out during the winter. New rosettes of leaves appear in the spring. Closeup of flower. Flowers range from white to pink. Another plant, the inflorescence and the flower.


Vanda cristata

Vanda cristata

Grows outside (coastal). It is mounted, and so needs to be watered daily. This is the plant.