Archive for November, 2020

A Beautiful Laelia Orchid Species

Sunday, November 29th, 2020

I love this gorgeous Mexican species, Laelia gouldiana, but our garden pests annoyingly love it, too. The first row of photos above shows happy, uneaten flowers from recent years. In contrast, the three rows of photos below show damaged flowers, the worst from this year, and some milder damage in 2016 and 2018. Whatever chomped […]

Wild Orchids of Sichuan, China

Monday, November 23rd, 2020

Want to take a magical orchid vacation without the hassles of travel? Settle in for three video tours from Botany Boy. China’s Sichuan province is one of the world’s biodiversity hotspots, and its fabled mountains are full of remarkable orchids. These videos include basic info about these spectacular wild beauties, so you’ll know what you’re […]

A Treasure Trove of Central African Orchids

Tuesday, November 17th, 2020

There’s a treasure trove of Central African orchids at This growing database offers a look at some uncommon species, and it features lots of pictures. Central African orchids aren’t as well known as their relatives from Madagascar and South Africa, but they should be. They include captivating members of the Angraecum family, Bulbophyllums, Eulophias, […]

Bromeliads Make Great Orchid Companion Plants

Thursday, November 12th, 2020

Bromeliads don’t have the fame and glamour of orchids, but they’re fascinating, beautiful, and easy to grow. Some have otherworldly flower spikes, with remarkable shapes reminiscent of exploding fireworks or fantastic creatures. Others have foliage with spectacular variegation that provides year-round color. Bromeliad flowers are often tiny and fleeting, but their stunningly colorful bracts can […]

Artificial Intelligence Can Help Protect Orchids and Other Species

Friday, November 6th, 2020

Scientists have developed a new way to figure out which orchids are at risk of extinction. The International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List of Threatened Species is the most comprehensive catalog of endangered plants and animals in the world. To be assessed, each species needs a thorough scientific study of its […]

November Orchid Events

Sunday, November 1st, 2020

This month, there are a few virtual orchid events, and two in-person events with clear COVID19 precautions. November 8 Santa Barbara Orchid Estate Silent Auction, Santa Barbara, California (bid by phone, e-mail, fax, or mail; bidding ends Nov. 8th) November 12 – 16 Orquídeas de Otoño, Asociación Mexicana de Orquideología, Mexico (online with Facebook Live) […]