Blooming Orchids


Index of Plants

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Acronia adeleae

Acronia adeleae Reclassified from Pleurothallis. Grows outside (coastal) in open shade. Flowers open in the morning, tend to close in the afternoon. Closeup of the flower.  

Aerangis fastuosa

Aerangis fastuosa Grown in greenhouse, in a basket. It is fragrant at night.  

Amesiella monticola

Amesiella monticola

This little Vandaceous plant grows on a mount outside (coastal) in shade.


Angraecum leonis

Angraecum leonis Grown in greenhouse, in a basket. It can grow outside during the warmer months, but needs winter protection.  

Calanthe vestita

Calanthe vestita Grown in intermediate greenhouse. Closeup of flower. Richard Hess

Cattleya harrisoniana

Cattleya harrisoniana Grows outside. This is the alba form. The plant can be rather large. Here is the flower of another plant, the typical color form, that blooms in the fall.  

Cattleya lueddemanniana

Cattleya lueddemanniana Grown in greenhouse. Detail of lip.  

Cochlioda vulcanica

Cochlioda vulcanica Grows outside (coastal) in open shade; plant does very well mounted. Closeup of flower.  

Coelogyne speciosa

Coelogyne speciosa Grows outside (coastal) in a basket in bright shade. An inflorescence can have two or three flowers, which open sequentially, and new inflorescences can emerge over a month or so.  

Cymbidium eburneum

Cymbidium eburneaum Grows outside. Flowers are very fragrant.  

Cymbidium insigne

Cymbidium insigne Grows outside. This species is in the parentage of many of the Cymbidium hybrids. The flowers last nearly two months.  

Dendrobium anosmum

Dendrobium anosmum Grown in greenhouse. It loses its leaves in winter. Watering should be reduced but not eliminated. Flowers emerge in the spring on the leafless canes. Contrary to its name (meaning "no smell" it is extremely fragrant.  

Dendrobium gracilicaule

Dendrobium gracilicaule

Grows outside (coastal). It is mounted, and gets filtered sun. Closeup of flower.


Dendrobium kingianum

Dendrobium kingianum

These vigorous little Australian natives grow outside easily. See Special Page for a sample of the variety of colors.


Dendrobium speciosum

Dendrobium speciosum

Grows outside (coastal) in nearly full sun. This one is Den. speciosum ssp. grandiflorum. The canes are about 2' tall, and this is a young plant. They grow very slowly, but can get huge. Var. compactum grows more horizontally, and are shorter. The flowers range from white to cream, and are very fragrant. Den. speciosum v. speciosum has similar flowers, but the plant is more compact. This one, grown by Jan Hennessey, is just too big to transport (having doubled in size in the last three years) so we just have to enjoy its photograph.

Roberta Fox

Jan Hennessey

Dendrobium tetragonum v. giganteum

Dendrobium tetragonum Grown in intermediate greenhouse. Also can grow outside (coastal)

Richard Hess (greenhouse)

Roberta Fox (coastal)

Dendrochilum javierense

Dendrochilum javierense Grows outside (coastal) in bright shade or filtered sun. Closeup of flower.  

Dendrochilum tenellum

Dendrochilum tenellum Grows outside (coastal) in bright shade. This plant is mounted; the species can also be grown in a basket or tree-fern pot. The inflorescence emerges from the end of the very thin leaf, and it is very prolific. Here is the plant. The individual flower is tiny, but there are many of them on the inflorescence, giving the impression of a feather or very small brush.  

Dendrophylax funalis

Dendrophylax funalis

This leafless orchid grows in greenhouse. Photosynthesis takes place in the green roots. Roots are entwined with live Spanish moss (a Tillandsia) to help maintain moisture. It is misted several times a day by an automated system.


Dresslerella lasiocampa

Dresslerella lasiocampa

Grows outside (coastal) in bright shade or filtered sun. Leaves, as well as flowers, are coverd in small hairs. The flower is amazingly complex, and is easier to appreciate in close-up photos. From the top, what appears to be a drop of honeydew can be seen on appendages on the dorsal sepal and the petals. These structures can also be seen from the side. Closer to the front, the appendages are not so apparent, but one can see the lip, which is more apparent in this view. The ventral sepals are fused to make a pouch. This plant bloomed again in late July, into August and September.


Gastrochilus fuscopunctatus

Gastrochilus fuscopuntatus Grows outside, mounted, in shade. Flowers hide under the foliage.  

Epidendrum ciliare

Epidendrum ciliare Grown in intermediate greenhouse. Richard Hess

Epidendrum mancum

Epidendrum mancum Grows outside (coastal) in bright shade. The 1/4" flower appears at the top of the pseudobulb, which can range in length from about 1/2" to 2".  

Encyclia osmantha

Encyclia osmantha Grows outside (coastal) in filtered sun. Flowers are small (about 1/2") but very fragrant.  

Epidendrum paniculatum

Epidendrum paniculatum

Grows outside in filtered sun. It can bloom two or three times a year. Closeup of flower.


Laelia flava

L flava Grows outside in filtered sun.  

Laelia lundii

L lundii Grows outside, mounted, in filtered sun.  

Masdevallia impostor

Masadevallia impostor Grown in intermediate greenhouse. Richard Hess

Masdevallia porphyrea

Masd porphyrea Grows outside (coastal) in shade. It produces several multi-flowered inflorscences. Closeup of flower.  

Masdevallia veitchiana

Masdevallia veitchiana

Grows outside (coastal) in shade. A clay pot helps to keep the roots cool during warm summer days, and coconut husk medium maintains moisture to fight the low humidity. The climate farther north (Santa Barbara to San Francisco) is better for it, but with a ittle pampering, it survives and blooms.


Maxillaria calantha

Maxillaria calantha Grows outside (coastal) in bright shade. It likes to be kept fairly most. It is best grown in a basket, because some of the inflorescences come out of the side of the plant.  

Maxillaria irrorata

Maxillaria irrorata Grows outside (coastal) in a basket in open shade. It needs to be kept fairly moist.  

Maxillaria picta

Maxillaria picta Grows outside (coastal) in a basket in open shade. Here is a closeup of the flower.  

Maxillaria variabilis

Maxillaria variabilis yellow Grows outside (coastal). Its rambling habit lends itslef to a hanging basket. There are several other color forms (red, dark burgundy)  

Mormolyca ringens

Mormolyca ringens

Grows outside (coastal) in a basket, in shade. It may benefit from a bit of protection in a very cold winter, but in general does better outside than in the greenhouse. Once in flower, it can bloom on and off for months.


Oncidium excavatum

Oncidium excavaturm Grown in intermediate greenhouse, or can also be grown outdoors (coastal). Outdoor plant is grown in open shade or filtered sun. It can be grown either in a pot or mounted.

Richard Hess (Greenhouse)

Roberta Fox(Outside)

Phalaenopsis schilleriana

Phalaenopsis schilleriana

Grown in greenhouse. The plant has beautiful mottled foliage. Closeup of flower.

Another plant, bloomed in November.

Roberta Fox (March)

Doug Adams(November)

Phalaenopsis stuartiana

Phal stuartiana Grown in greenhouse  

Oncidium maculatum

Onc maculatum

Grows outside (coastal) on a mount, in bright shade or filtered sun. It can also be grown in an intermediate greenhouse (closeup of flower). It is fragrant.

Roberta Fox (coastal)

Richard Hess (greenhouse)

Polystachya paniculata

Polystachya paniculata Grown in greenhouse. Closeup of flower.  

Psychopsis papilio

Psychopsis papilio Grows in greenhouse. This plant could be in any month, this just happened to be the month when it first bloomed. It can bloom sequentially on an inflorescence for two years or more, producing a flower about every six weeks. Do not cut the spike unless it is brown and dead all the way to the base. Even if the growing tip dies, another spike is very likely to branch off. It needs to be a little on the dry side, medium should drain well. Since it hates to have its roots disturbed, a medium that does not break down is best. (RF has had good luck with straight diatomite). It has an amazingly detailed flower.


Renanthera monachica

Renanthera monachica

Grows in greenhouse. It can bloom on plant that is only about 3 or 4 inches tall.


Restrepia sanguinea

Restrepia sanguinea Grows outside (coastal) in shade.  

Rhyncholaelia glauca

Rhyncholaelia glauca

Grows outside (coastal) in open shade or filtered sun. It needs a little protection from frost. If kept dry, it is better able to tolerate cold. It is extremely fragrant, especially in the evening. There is considerable variation in color within the species.


Sarcoglottis sceptrodes

Sarcoglottis sceptrodes Grown in greenhouse. The leaves are very attractive, with light green stripes. After blooming, the leaves die back, but a new growth appears very soon so there is no dormancy. Closeup of flower.  

Schomburgkia moyobambae

Schomburgkia moyombae Grows outside (coastal) in filtered sun. It prefers a basket or being mounted. It may need some protection during a cold winter, but it has grown much better outside than in the greenhouse. This plant has been reclassified as Laelia. Its ID has been questioned on a web forum, but based on its origin from a grower in Peru, and from his information. the ID is probably accurate. The flowers have extremely heavy substance, and a waxy luster. Closeup of flower.  

Spathoglottis gracilis

Spathoglottis gracilis Grown in intermediate greenhouse Richard Hess

Spathoglottis vanoverberghii

Spathoglottis vanoverberghii

Grown in intermediate greenhouse

Spathoglottis gracilis and vanoverberghii together, for size comparison.

Richard Hess

Specklinia (Pths) endotrachys

Specklinia endotrachys Grows outside (coastal) in shade. It needs to be kept fairly moist and cool. A clay pot helps cool the roots on hot days. The individual flowers do not last long, but new flowers continue to emerge sequentially for many months. An inflorescence may continue to produce flowers for a year or more, so should not be cut.  

Stellis hirtella

Stelis hirtella Was grown in greenhouse, then moved outside (coastal). It is growing much better outside, in shade. This plant is very small, and the flowers are tiny. This photo gives an idea of the size of both. Closeup of flower.  

Trichoglottis pusilla

Trichoglottis pusilla

Was grown in greenhouse. This little (3") plant is mounted. Currently it is growing outside (coastal), and appears healthier, although it has not bloomed outside yet.