An extremely common sight here in Madeira basically from sea level up to the highest inhabited villages where it is found growing full sun to full shade only changing its flowering time which is normally way sooner for me than this time. A rewarding primary hybrid. 



 And Phragmipedium Cardinale, another very common thing around. Pretty colour 


Psychopsis papilo

Psychopsis papiloPsychopsis papilo


Psychopsis papilo

This butterfly orchids can bloom on the same spike for 12 years so let them be! People overwater them most of the times and they do enjoy a bit of sunlight. Very prone to fungal infections so keep an eye on that.
No scent to be found but needless to say it is a marvel to look at!

Psychopsis papilo
Epigeneium nakaharaei


Epigeneium nakaharaei looking a bit like a Bulbophyllum sp. This little cutie is a very easy orchid. Grown best mounted or in small baskets, it creeps around the supporting surface creating this beautiful mass. Loves humidity but I have experienced that it likes it a bit dryer than Bulbs.

Epigeneium nakaharaei

Epigeneium nakaharaei

Lycaste aromatica


Lycaste aromatica is a fairly common sight in Madeira. This south american orchid seems to inhabit Madeiran gardens for a long time now brought by the navigators trading them for water and fresh produces.

This year is its least flowering year since I gave it no winter rest. Despite the short number of blooms, it is quite healthy and oozes this wonderful scent of cinnamon.

Lycaste aromatica

Lycaste aromatica

Dendrochilum filiforme

Dendrochilum filiforme

Dendrochilum filiforme
This small to medium sized epyphitic species comes from high mountains of south American where it grows haging from trees in moist, moss and humus filled crevices. 

All the genera is characterized by its fairly small but many flowered inflorescence that always have a pendent habit after dropping from the stem that comes from the middle of a soon to mature pseudobulb. 

Should be grown in shade with regularly waterings and you should never let it dry completely. Doesn't need any winter rest and can be found, now, blooming in most collections.
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