NEWSLETTER August 2006
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Phaius tankarvilleae Dend compactum
Bulbophyllum longissimum FCC Dendrobium aliofolium Dendrobium topaziacum Dendrochilum convollarieforme Majus Grammatophyllum wallissii Phalaenopsis sanderiana
to replate. Cattleya gaskelliana
alba x alba sib Cattleya jenmannii "clmio x Mosca" Cheirostylis cochinchinense
Eulophia spectabile Galeandra dives Epidendrum peperomia
Cattleya leopoldii "Garopaba x Rio Grande".
Catasetums and allies.
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compactum Warm grower. Australia. Compact form of bigibbum superbum.
Round well shaped purple fls. Best grown in a very small pot with a dry
Bulbophyllum echinolabium Intermediate
grower. Celebes Very large flowers to 30 cm long. A large growing species
with huge flowers. Treefern slab or basket.
tankarvilleae. Australia. Terrestrial. Large mahogany coloured flowers
with a redpurple labellum. A rich leafmould and soil media is used, protect
from wind and drafts.
longissimum FCC. The original awarded clone from Sanders of England.
Exquisite pink flowers with long tails, darker pink veins. A small
pot or basket, it rests after flowering at which time water should be used
An unusual plant that looks more like some succulent. Long stems with flat
shiny green leaves. Does well in a pot or on a slab. Small white flowers
appear at the apex of the canes.
topaziacum. Bright orange yellow flowers, lip striped red, in
a cluster. Bottlebrush type species, lots of water when growing but drier
in the cooler months.
convollarieforme Majus. A
good growing species that will fill a pot fairly quickly. This is
a much larger form with larger flowers in a spiral on the spike. Small
pot, grows easily in many medias including bark and treefern, with a preference
for the treefern.
wallissii. The Philippino form of G speciosum. Large grower, takes
near full sunlight and is a good garden subject in warmer climes. Potted
in treefern in 70mm pots
A species much like Phal
amabilis, but the flowers are faint pink with darker pink splashes
on the ends of the petals and sepals. Grown as a typical Phalaenopsis,
good drainage, good ventilation and a fairly shady spot. This will
develop into a very large showy plant with leaves to 40 cm or more long.
jenmannii "clmio x Mosca". A sib cross.This labiate Cattleya has large
showy flowers and is cultivated under typical Cattleya conditions.
gaskelliana alba x alba sib. As for Cattlyea jenmanii, labiate etc.
Two white clones sib crossed.
Cattleya leopoldii "Garopaba x Rio Grande".
Bifoliate cattleya. Large heads of green bronze flowers, spotted red purple
and with a purple labellum.
schilleriana. Best grown on a slab or in a shallow container. A very
showy species from Brazil.
Cheirostylis cochinchinense. A rare
Jewel orchid species from Vietnam. A coarse terrestrial media in a smallpot
is used, with a dry rest when leave sstart to fall in the cooler months.
Very similar to C
ovata, but the leaves are a darker green.
Eulophia spectabile. This species used
to be called Eulophia squalida. It is a large leafy plant from a large
tuber, and the spike is erect with up to 10 showy flowers. Two colour forms
exist, a rich cream coloured flower and a red coloured form. Grown much
the same as Phaius, but with a definte dry winter after leaf fall. Very
Galeandra dives. Grown much the same
as a Catasetum. See article below.
peperomia. A minature growing species with fleshy showy flowers.
Also known as Epidendrum porpax, it will grow into a spectacular clump
in a small pot on a slab of treefern.A charming species.
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Catasetums and Allies, orchids for all climates.
There is a group of pseudobulbous plants
that go dormant in the cooler months, to the extent that the leafless pseudobulbs
can be removed from the orchid house and stored dry. In Spring, with a
new lead started, the plants are then repotted into a fresh rich media
for the next seasons growth and flowering
The following genera are treated as deciduous
Small to large, heavy pseudobulbs with large leaves and an amazing range
of shapes and colours just in the species.
in Catasetum produce smaller plants and flowers with perfect flowers.
Mormodes; very similar in plant to Catasetum and
Cycnoches; this genera tends to have longer more
cylindrical pseudobulbs and consists of two sections. One section is typically
noted as the Swan orchid because of its large swan like flowers (
and the other section ( Heteranthe) has multiflowered long pendulous
spikes of small intricate flowers quite unlike the Swan orchid.
Catasetums and Cycnoches are dimorphic, seperate
male and female flowers are produced. In nature, lush healthy plants tend
to produce male flowers, and stressed plants in danger tend to produce
female flowers, ie growing in the tops of dead trees in full sunlight.
In the orchid house, male flowers tend to predominate, so the production
of female flowers may depend on stressing a plant.
produce normal perfect flowers, male and female in the one.
A couple of other genera that also go dormant.
Tall almost cylindrical leafy pseudobulbs with erect branched spikes of
predminately yellow and red, redbrown flowers.
Galeandra; Short squat pseudobulbs ( baueri) to long
thin canes (devoniana) with spikes of flowers with proportionally large
trumpet like labellums.
A number of different medias are used, from spaghnam
moss to bark, treefern and old horse manure. Climate, water availability,
ventilation are some of the factors governing the media to use. In drier
conditions, a more moisture retaining media would be an advantage, but
in more wet conditions, perhaps a more open media is called for. In all
cases, good draining is a must.
A pot or basket is required, plants should
not be overpotted, and should be well crocked. Use a rich media that will
stay damp but not wet, and the addition of manure, fertiliser, once
the new lead gets up a bit, will promote growth and flowering.
The bulbs can be seperated to initiate new plants,
and quite old bulbs may produce small plantlets from apical nodes.
Generally, the last seasons root system is defunct,
so the roots can be trimmed leaving just enough to anchor the bulbs in
the pot or basket.
Sunlight requirements are simple; maximum short
of leaf burn to promote flowering and somewhat harsher to promote female
flowers on the dimorphic species. Some species will tolerate almost full
sunlight, especially the Cyrtopodiums, protected perhaps from hot midday
Water and fertiliser; Frequent, allowing plants to
dry out partially in between.
Flowers; Beware, the dimorphis species of Catasetums
have a trigger under the stigma on the column that ejects the pollina with
some force, in nature to affix the pollin to a large hairy bee which carries
it onto the nect flower. Many a vehile interior has been peppered with
pollinia on the way to a show or meeting.
In general, all these species produce very showy,
usually very fragrant flowers that are often quite waxy and fleshy and
certainly some of the most unusual and beautiful of the worlds orchid species.
And they can be grown anywhere.
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