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is a nigrohirsute species from Thailand. The canes are covered with minute
black hairs. The flowers are borne in clusters, pure waxy white with pink
red in the lip throat. Best grown in a very small pot or basket, the plants
should be kept on the dry side in the cooler months in a well ventilated
spot with plenty of sunlight.
Dendrobium torreseae. Flowering
size plants established on pieces of cork bark, grown in a shady
and well ventilated spot. Frequent watering in the growing season is required
and a dry rest in winter. The flowers are produced at the tiny leaf,
pale green. A very minature species, a most unusual Australian plant that
will grow into a mat like clump on the mount.
minature Australian species with tiny tick like green leaves and flowers
of yellow and orange. Grows like Dend torreseae above.
lichenastrum var prenticei has
flowers much the same as lichenastrum, but the leaves are elongated.
rothschildianum. A large growing species eventually requiring
a large pot. Use a typical paph media and warm and sunny growing position.
This is a species of the hot wet rainforests of Borneo.Photo above.
gibbosa is a minature growing species after the likes of P.
lobbii and P. parishii. It appears to do best on a mount, and is reported
to be a warm jungle growing species from Vietnam. It is a delicately showy
species in flower.
Colax jugosus is an
extremely showy species from Brazil with pure white flowers and contrasting
chocolate purple marbled petals. It is an intermediate grower that requires
a shady position, a well drained pot and a media that will stay damp but
not wet. Spaghnam moss is recommended.
araguayensis, another Brazilian species, is a very small growing
Cattleya that will do well on a piece of treefern or in a small pot or
basket. As for all cattlyeyas, good drainage, an open media and lots of
light are required.
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Phaius and related genera:
Phaius and related genera such as Spathoglottis, Bletilla,
Bletia and Calanthes are basically terrestrial growing plants that inhabit
areas of the open forest or rainforest edges where there is a good seasonal
rainfall. In many cases, plants will be growing in more bog like conditions,
but usually where there is water draining through the soil, leafmould and
debris that the plants are growing in, rather than in stagnant ponds.
So understanding the conditions that these plants have come from,
the first requirement is a media made up of sandy soil mixed well with
leafmould and compost, with the addition of some composted animal manure,
The next requirement is a not too large pot to accomodate the plant
plus one or two years growth. Because of the robust nature of these plants,
a repot every second year is of benefit. In the case of the deciduous Calanthes,
this should be done each year at the start of the growing season in spring.
Pots should be well crocked, with frequent watering in the growing
season. Some growers sit the pot in a shallow tray of water, so that moisture
is always available at the bottom of the pot, and the roots then grow into
the tray as well.
Often, the foliage of these plants is soft, so protection should
be provided against wind and excessive sunlight. Sunlight should be sufficient
short of leaf burn, as some species will take almost full sunlight.
Phaius tend to require less sunlight than Spathoglottis.
In the cooler months, watering should be reduced, and in the case
of the deciduous Calanthes, not applied at all until the spring repot.
These terresrtial species are often rapid growers and will flower
quickly when grown from seedlings. Photo Phaius tankarvilleae.
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Dendrobium falconerii is
an Indian to Chinese species with pendulous thin canes. The flowers
are very showy, white tipped magenta and a large yellow orange disc on
the labellum. best grown on a mount, treefern if available or perhaps on
thside of a small basket in a media that will stay damp buy not wet.A decided
dry rest in winter is required.
wassellii is a stout terete leafed species from far norh Queensland,
Australia. The thick leaves are upright and the flowers spikes are like
feathery plumes of white flowers. The plant tends to creep, so a
mount is ideal, or a large shallow tray or basket.
Phaius bernaysii this
is a yellow flowered species with a white labellum. A typical terestrial,
it requires a rich sany loam and leafmould mix, lots of water when in active
growth and a dry rest in the cooler months. An Australian species almost
extinct in its native habitat.
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