Blooming Orchids


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Ada aurantiaca

Ada aurantiaca Grows outside (coastal) in filtered sun or bright shade. It does best hanging.  

Ada glumacea

Ada glumacea

Grows outside (coastal) in bright shade. It does best hanging. It is very fragrant.


Brassavola cucullata

Brassavola cuculata

Grows in greenhouse. It is very fragrant at night. Closeup of flower.



Bulbophyllum masdevalaceum

Bulbophyllum mascevallaecum Grown in greenhouse. Richard Hess

Coelogyne xyrekes

Coelogyne xyrekes Grown in greenhouse  

Cochleanthes discolor

Cochleanthes discolor

Grows outside (coastal) in shade. It prefers to be fairly damp. It is less tolerant of cold than many of the other outdoor-growing plants. Here is a closeup of the flower.


Cymbidium canaliculatum

Cymbidium canaliculatum Grows outside. In winter, it needs to be kept quite dry. It seems to be OK if it gets a lttle rain, but if there is no rain, can get a little water perhaps once or twice a month. In March, as the weather warms and days get longer, it can be watered with the rest of the Cymbidiums. Closeup of flower.  

Dendrobium atroviolaceum v. pygmy

Dendrobium atroviolaceum v. pygmy Grown in greenhouse. Richard Hess

Dendrobium hellwigianum

Dendrobium hellwigianum Grows outside (coastal), mounted, in shade. It blooms at variouis times during the year, on the new grows that it produces quite readily. Another view.  

Dendrobium lowii

Dendrobium lowii

Grown in intermediate greenhouse.

Peter T. Lin

Dendrobium parishii

Dendrobium parishii Grown in intermediate greenhouse. Closeup of flower Richard Hess

Dendrobium toressae

Dendrobium toressae Grows outside (coastal), mounted, in shade. Leaves and flowers are about 1/4". Closeup of flower.  

Dendrobium unicum

Dendrobium unicum

Grown in intermediate greenhouse. (Peter T. Lin) It can grow outside near the coast (Roberta Fox). A view of the mounted plant. A plant with a large flower (Greenhouse, Richard Hess).

Peter T. Lin

Dendrochilum glumaceum

Dendrochilum glumaceum

Grows outside (coastal), in shade. It prefers to be fairly moist. A closup of an individual flower.


Dendrobium wassellii

Dendrobium wassellii Grows in greenhouse in shallow bulb pan, but can also grow outside (coastal), and may do better mounted. Closeup of flowers  

Dichaea glauca

Dichaea glauca Grows outside, in filtered sun or bright shade. It will bloom on old canes, even though lower leaves may look dead, there may be new growth at the end and these will produce flowers. Therefore do not cut old canes unless they are clearly dead. Canes may grow to 3-4 feet. Closeup of flower.  

Dracula polyphemus

Dracula polyphemus Grows outside (coastal) in shade. It likes to be on the damp side. It benefits from misting several times a day in hot weather. The flower closes, and appears to collapse, in the heat of mid-day, but opens again over night, lasting for several days that way. It needs to grow in a basket, since the flowers emerge from the side or bottom of the plant, facing downward. It may produce a second flower on an inflorescence. Closeup of flower.  

Encyclia adenocaula

Encyclia adenocaula

Grows outside (coastal) in filtered sun. Spike is 2 ft. long or more.


Encyclia nematocaulon

Encyclia nematocaulon Grows outside, under shadecloth in summer. Joy Keyser

Encyclia tampensis

Encyclia tampensis Grown outside, under shadecloth. Richard Hess

Epidendrum parkinsonianum

Epidendrum parkinsonianum

Grows outside (coastal). It needs to be mounted, since the leaves and rhyzome grow downward. Roots may appear at the base of a new growth, so that it can be propagated from cuttings. It is fragrant.


Epidendrum veroscriptum

Epidendrum veroscriptum

Grows outside (coastal) in filtered sun. Closeup of flower.


Laelia lobata

Laelia lobata

Grows outside (coastal) in filtered sun. It grows well hanging in a clay pot. Here is the alba form.


Lycaste aromatica

Lycaste aromatica

Grows outside (coastal) in shade. It prefers to be fairly damp. Like most of the Lycastes, the flowers emerge from the base of the bare pseudobulbs before the new growth of leaves. It is fragrant, reminiscent of cinnamon.


Lycaste consobrina

Lycaste consobrina

Grows outside, in shade. It prefers to be fairly damp, even in the winter when it loses its leaves. The flowers appear before the new leaves. It is fragrant.


Lycaste deppei

Lycaste deppei

Grows outside (coastal), in shade. It prefers to be fairly moist all year. As with many Lycastes, the flowers emerge before the new growth.


Lycaste dowiana

Lycaste dowiana Grown in intermediate greenhouse.(RH) Can grow ouside in coastal area (RF).

Roberta Fox

Richard Hess

Maxillaria coccinea

Maxillaria coccienea Grows outside (coastal) in basket in bright shade or filtered sun. It does need to be kept cool (facilitated by frequent watering in hot weather). Closeup of flowers.  

Maxillaria tenuifolia

Maxillaria tenuifolia

Grows outside (coastal). It prefers damp shade. It has the fragrance of coconut. Brown sheaths at the base of pseudobulbs should not be removed, since they protect roots, and removing them may kill the plant.


Oncidium leucochilum

OOncidium leucochilum Grows outside (coastal) in filtered sun. Flowers last as much as two months. Closeup of flower.  

Oncidium longipes

Oncidium longipes A miniature plant (about 4 inches tall). It grows outside (coastal) in bright shade.  

Oncidium sphacelatum

Oncidium spachelatum Grown in intermediate greenhouse. This is one plant that is not likely to be taken to a meeting - it is huge! Another view. Richard Hess

Oncidium variegatum

Onc variegatum Grows outside (coastal), mounted, in open shade.  

Paphiopedilum hirsutissimum v. esquirolei

Paphiopedilum hirsutissimum

Grows outside (coastal) in shade.


Paphiopedilum victoria-regina

Paphiopedilum victoria-regina Grown in intermediate greenhouse Richard Hess

Phalaenopsis equestris

Phalaenopsis equestris

Grown in greenhouse. An inflorescence can continue to produce new flowers as the old ones fade, for several months. This is the coerulea form.


Polystachya valentina

Polystachya valentina Grown in greenhouse. Richard Hess

Restrepia trichoglossa

Restrepia trichoglossa Grows outside (coastal) in shade. It prefers to be rather moist. Individual flowers don't last long, but it produces new flowers over a period of several months.  

Promenaea xanthina

Promenaea xanthina

Grows outside (coastal) in a basket, in shade. It prefers to be failrly damp.


Stelis glomerosa

Stelis glomurosa Grows outside (coastal) in shade. It prefers to be kept fairly damp. It produces keikis along the stem, and these also produce flowers.  

Vanda testacea

Vanda testacea

Grows outside (coastal) This is one of the very temperature-tolerant Vandas. If the temperatures approach freezing, it will do fine if it is kept dry. The plant, with multiple spikes.