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The Writhlington Orchid Project

The Writhlington School Orchid Project combines horticulture, science and conservation. Pupils raise orchids from seed and are working on conservation projects in the Himalayas, South Africa, South East Asia and Central America. Follow their story on this blog.

What a flower!

Posted by The Writhlington Orchid Project on 19 Oct 2010 at 04:01 PM

There are some amazing flowers around but few can match Bulbophyllum Elizabeth Ann. Here is Heather with a real specimen of a plant carrying eighteen flower spikes.

As you can see from the close up, each flower spike carries about seven or eight individual flowers with remarkable markings, little frilly bits and a scent reminicent of fresh mackerel.

This plant is a hybrid between the two Asian species Bulbophyllum longissimum and Bulbophyllum rothschildianum. We have both of the species at Writhlington but they can't keep up with the vigour and floriferous nature of the hybrid.

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