Pleione

Pleione D.Don is an Asian mostly terrestrial genus in the Orchidaceae family of about 22 species, which is closely related to Coelogyne and Bletilla. They flower directly after their dormancy, which is in spring for most species. They sprout from annual spongy pseudobulbs formed from last years flower stems. Several species, forms and hybrids are common in trade.

Photographs of seed pods and seeds by David Pilling. Photo 3 is 10 mm wide, 4-6 are 1 mm. The photos were taken in 2019 of seed pods that grew in 2018.

Pleione seed pod, 19th April 2019, David PillingPleione seed pod, 19th April 2019, David PillingPleione seed, David PillingPleione seed, David PillingPleione seed, David PillingPleione seed, David Pilling

Photographs of pseudobulbs by David Pilling.

Pleione pseudobulb, 19th April 2019, David PillingPleione pseudobulb, 19th April 2019, David Pilling

Pleione formosana Hayata is native to Taiwan and southern China. It is the most commonly cultivated Pleione, resulting in the common name "windowsill orchid". It can take some frost but needs protection from winter wet, so pot culture is the preferred way of growing them in most climates. A popular range of cultivars is named after Italian composers. Color forms range from white with only minor yellow traces in the lip to rose and lavender shades and prominent darker lip patterns.

Pleione formosana, Martin BohnetPleione formosana, Martin Bohnet


Hybrids


Pleione tongariro is a rather big hybrid Pleione with intense magenta-pink flowers and red lip markings. The leaves are virtually absent during flowering. It is said to have Pleione pleionoides in it's heritage.

Pleione tongariro, Martin BohnetPleione tongariro, Martin Bohnet


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