BP SPECIES NEWSLETTER August 2001
Photo in this issue: Oncidium papillio "Patricia"(right), Cheirostylis
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A. What's New
Coryanthes bruchmuelleri and Coryanthes
gernotii "Gernot", Descriptions to follow when we get the photos.
The Coryanthes bruchmuelleri is a new species to us and the first
time in flask. The C. gernotii is a different colour form to the
species we previously flasked.
Stanhopea costaricense has germinated. This
is seed from a plant raised in flask here from seed that came from the
late Clarence Horich, Costa Rica, a well known botanical collector for
European Botanists and Botanical Gardens.
Our second attempt with Cheirostylis
cochinchinense has been successful and while the plants are
slow growing, they are in flask and will be propagated. This is a
jewel orchid from Vietnam, the leaves are pale green grey with lighter
feathering along the midrib.
a new germination of a locally grown form that seems
to be very tolerant of bushhouse conditions, perhaps less temperamental
where a bit too much water is used
B. What's ready to
At the start of Spring it is time to do the Catasetums
tabulare, luridum and half a dozen other species and an interesting
primary of Cycnoches egertonianum x chlorochilon. Cycnoches
are seldom available in flask due to the dimorphic flowers, so we note
even the primary hybrid. Mormodes are now starting new growth
The minature Gastrochilus
matsuran have reach the inpressive size of half an inch and can
be tubed or flasked. It grows well out of flask, even tho it is such a
C. What's new in Plants;
Gastrochilus matsuran: some minature plants have
been mounted on pieces of cork . We watch their progress. Another
small growing monopodial doing well on cork is Sarcochilus
cecileae "Cleveland Bay" x Parasarcochilus hirticalcar. Pink
x yellow with redbrown bars.
Occasionally one encounters the unexpected in the orchid
world. I quote below an email received.
Dear Ian & Pat,
Yesterday,April 3 arrived your very impressing orchid-flask list,sent
March 3,2001.You can not imagine
how happy you made me :Finally there is sombody in this blasted
world who is really interested in
conservation of orchids species! In june I will be 89 years and
had practically given up to find somebody
to cooperate with.Unfortunately it´s 30 years too late.As
you might know from the literature the
Dunsterville´s,the late -Stalky and Nora -still alive-96-were
my tutors.I will never forget--few weeks before
he died--he said: Gernot do not forget your promise:N E V
E R press an orchid flower and fight to the
end with the "professional" Botanists.Stalky was an oil engineer
and I am a virologist.I kept my promise
and wrote some years ago a short articel about this.It was
refused by the AOS and the Orchid
Review.So I translated it into German and it appeared in
"Die Orchidee".Since then several of my
previous friends like Romero, Gerlach etc. hate me and refuse
to cooperate and help.
In the past 35 years I made over 800 crossings,mostly species and
send protocorms and seedlings free
all over the world, even to Kiev.However lately,my wife died 5
jears ago with Leucemia,I have some
trouble with my heart and a leaking mitral valve.They tried to
implant a pace-maker -.on 6 points- but
could not because I have a Fibrosis.So I am quite depressed and
have neglegted my orchids.Many have
died but there are still about 6000 or more left´,but I don´t
make any more crossings.
Back to earth:Checking your list,right now there are
several seed pods ready of Phrag.lindeni which I
will send you by airmail,later Anguloas hohenlohi,the new white
one which Oakeley described recently
although I have send him fotos and sprits 12 jears ago.A Coryanthes
has 2 flowerbuds which might be a
new variety of gernotii.I hope a recently found Coryanthes might
be pegiae.Right now a Lycaste
fulvescens has 20 flowers as well as a Lyc.grande.Shall I fertilize
them for you and others which are
not on your list and will flower f.i.Maxillaria sanderiana
etc.Furthermore I still have arround 50 flasks with small seedlings,but
there is the problem with shipping.
but I will go to the Australien Ambassy with a bunch of orchids,may
be they can help.
Now about the Cor.alba and Polyrhiza lindenii.Please prepare
Unfortunatly nobody has the Australian Orchid Review could you
send the foto by e-mail.If the seeds of
your Coryanthes gernotii came from Carlos Garcia it certainly
will be gernotii,but they vary much.I have just published a short note
with 12 fotos about it in our "ORQUIDEOPHILO" and will send it to you.By
the way have you read the controversal article about conservation mentioned
above in "Die Orchdee" ?
estimation and congratulations for your effort to multipy and conserve
orchid species and best greetings
to both of you
Instituto Venezolano de Investigaciones Cientificas,
is named after Dr Gernot Bergold. We received seed of this species from
another Venezuelean grower Carlos Garcia, a few years back.
are shade growers and should be cultivated in small pots or baskets in
a media that does not dry out. Commonly, spaghnam moss is used, and the
plants grow very quickly if kept warm and in high humidity. It is essential
to hang the plants, to keep them out of reach of slugs and snails. In the
wild, they inhabit aboreal ant nests, not for the ants or their formic
acid as has been suggested, but for the protection the aggressive ants
offer against things that like to eat Coryanthes. Chewing
pests love the Coryanthes and slugs and snails will quickly kill
E. Web page.
Check out our web page http://www.speciesorchids.com
This is constantly under revision and you will find heaps of colour
photos, articles on species in cultivation and in the wild, plus links
to other interesting species orchids, and more photographs. Check out the
photos of species mentioned above
Mick was under instruction for railway traffic control. His instructor
said " Mick, suppose there are two trains on the one line heading for each
other at top speed and you cannot contact either driver, what do you do?"
Mick; "Call my wife"
Instructor; " Why call your wife, what can she do?"
Mick; "Nothing, but she has never seen a big train smash."
Harry was telling his friend about the séance. " I was not impressed,
we were trying to contact my wifes dead uncle and the clairvoyant kept
laughing, so I hit her"
Jack; "That was a bit rough, wasn't it?"
Harry; "Well, yes, but I like to strike a happy medium."
Yours in orchids,
Ian and Pat Walters, Burleigh Park Orchid Nursery
54 Hammond Way, Thuringowa, Australia 4815
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