Photo in this issue: Oncidium papillio "Patricia"(right), Cheirostylis cochinchinense
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A.  What's New in flask.

 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.
 Practical conservation.
     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.
      Oncidium papillio;  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 replate NOW.

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 in flask.
      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 small plant.

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.

D. Coryanthes

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  Lueddmannia pescatoriae
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 them .
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" ?         With profoud
estimation and congratulations for your effort to multipy and conserve orchid species   and best greetings
to both of you         Gernot Bergold
Dr.Gernot Bergold,
Instituto Venezolano de Investigaciones Cientificas,
CARACAS,  Venezuela.
       Coryanthes gernotii  is named after Dr Gernot Bergold. We received seed of this species from another Venezuelean grower Carlos Garcia, a few years back.
           Coryanthes 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 a plant.

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

F. Humour.

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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