Blooming Orchids


Index of Plants

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Aerangis luteo-alba var. rodosticta

Aerangis luteo-alba var. rodosticta Grows outside (coastal), mounted, in shade. Its root growth is very vigorous, requiring that its mount be attached to a larger one.  

Arpophyllum alpinum

Arpophyllum alpinum

Grows outside (coastal), in filtered sun. Its rambling growth habit is well suited to growing on a mount. Cut back on watering a little after it blooms (every 2-3 days instead of every day) until spring.


Bulbophyllum aestivale

Bulbophyllum aestivale Grows in greenhouse. Edie Gulrich

Bulbophyllum allenkerrii

Bulbophyllum allenkerrii Grows in greenhouse Edie Gulrich

Bulbophyllum plumatum

Bulbophyllum plumatum

Grows in greenhouse, in shade. Like most Bulbophyllums, it likes to be fairly moist. It grows best either mounted or in a shallow pot.


Cattleya bicolor

Cattleya bicolor

Grows outside (coastal) in filtered sun.


Coelogyne mayeriana

Coelogyne mayeriana Grows in greenhouse. It was labeled "pandurata" but was correctly identified by Lisa Humphreys, based upon bloom time. Appearance is also more consistent with mayeriana, based on photos on Jay Pfahl's website  

Cyrtochilum edwardii

Cyrtochilum edwardii Grows outside (coastal), in filtered sun or bright shade. Closeup of flower.  

Cyrtochilum macranthum

Cyrtochillum macranthum

Grows outside (coastal), in bright shade. The inflorescensce was about 5' long, each flower about 1 1/2" wide. (Oncidium on steroids!)


Dracula erythrochaete

Dracula erythrochaete

Grows outside (coastal) in shade, and needs to stay fairly damp. It is much more forgiving of warm summer days than most Draculas. Flowers do not last more than a few days, but it produces new spikes over a period of several months, and can bloom several times a year. Flowers, about 1/2", are covered with fine hairs.


Encyclia atrorubens

Encyclia atrorubens

Grows outside (coastal) in filtered sun. Spike is about 3' tall. Stays in bloom for almost two months. Closeup of flower.


Encyclia phoenicia

Encyclia phoenecia Grows outside Doug Adams

Encyclia prismatocarpa

Encyclia prasmatocarpa

Grows outside (coastal) in filtered sun (RF) , also grows farther inland - another plant. (DA)

Roberta Fox

Doug Adams

Epidendrum lockhartiodes

Epidendrum lockhartiodes Grows outside, mounted. The plant looks somewhat like a Lockhartia, hence the name. Doug Adams

Gongora galeata

Gongora galeata

Grows outside (coastal), in shade. It must be in a basket, since the infloescences come out from the side and bottom. The flowers only last a few days, but there are multiple inflorescences that open in succession, so that it is in bloom for more than a week.


Laelia crispa

Laelia crispa Grows outside, in bright shade or filtered sun. It benefits from a reduction of water in the winter, but does not need to be dried out.  

Laelia pumila

Laelia pumila Grows outside, mounted, in filtered sun. The flower is almost as big as the plant.  

Masdevallia mendozae

Masdevallia mendozae Grows outside (coastal) in shade. It is in a clay pot, which helps to keep the roots cool in warm weather. Here is a "front view". Flowers do not open fully. View of the plant.  

Maxillaria huebschii

Maxillaria huebschii Grows outside in a basket, in bright shade. It needs to be kept moist, which also helps to keep it cool. Here is the plant.  

Miltonia clowesii

Miltonia clowesii Grows outside, in filtered sun. Doug Adams

Odontoglossum lindleyanum

Odontoglossum lindleyanum Grows outside (coastal), in filtered sun or bright shade, in a basket. Closeup of flower.  

Odontoglossum praestans

Odontogossum praestans

Grows outside (coastal) in a basket, in open shade. It is kept fairly moist, especially to keep it a little cooler. It is fragrant. Here is another one, that bloomed in June, also grown outside.

Roberta Fox (September)

Joy Keyser (June)

Oncidium flexuosum

Oncidium flexuosum

Grows outside (coastal) It needs to be mounted, since roots grow in all directions (except into a pot).


Phalaenopsis fasciata

Phalaenopsis fasciata Grown in greenhouse, mounted.  

Pholidota imbricata

Pholidota imbricata Grows outside (coastal) in filtered sun or bright shade. Closeup of flower.  

Pleurothallis sp. (Brazil)

Pleurothallis sp. No species ID on this plant. It has thick, succulent leaves, and develops orange spots with bright light. It grows outside (coastal), mounted, in filtered sun or open shade. Closeup of flower.  

Prosthechea garciana

Prosthechea garciana Grows outside (DA) in basket, a different color form also in basket (RF) or in greenhouse (EG). It can also bloom earlier in the summer. It needs fairly bright light (filtered sun or bright shade)

Doug Adams

Roberta Fox

Edie Gulrich

Prosthechea radiata

Encyclia radiata

Grows outside (coastal). This plant grows well in a pot with open mix, in almost full sun. It also grows very well mounted.It has a strong wintergreen fragrance (some people perceive it as more vanilla-like). Closeup of flower.(RF)

Another plant.(DA)

Roberta Fox

Doug Adams

Restrepia brachypus

Restrepia brachypus Grows in greenhouse. Edie Gulrich

Sobralia caliglossa

Sobralia caliglossa This 12' plant grows outside(of course). It would prefer filtered sun, especially at mid-day. However, it accepts a location with some shading from adjacent trees but no overhead shading. It does receive excellent air movement, which prevents heat from building up on the leaves. The flowers, which open successively, have heavy substance and last for 4 or 5 days, much longer than most Sobralias. The flowers open over a period of 6 - 8 weeks. They are very fragrant. Closeup of lip. This is the plant in-situ.  

Stanhopea embreei

Stanhopea embreei

Grows outside (coastal) Stanhopeas need to be grown in an open basket since the inflorescense grows downward. When the flowers open, they pop almost instantly. They only last for a few days. They are extremely fragrant.


Stanhopea haseloviana

Stanhopea haseloviana

Grown in greenhouse.


Stenocoryne aureo-fulva

Stenocoryne aureo-fulva Grows outside (coastal) in bright shade. It can bloom twice a year or more.