NEWSLETTER December 2003
Photo right Dendrobium anosum var Huttonii
Diplocaulobiums, a clumping affair.
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falcatum Yellow. A typical Aerides, much an air
plant requiring something to cling to such as a basket or slotted pot.
The media must be open and well drained and when in active growth lots
of water and fertiliser are required. This is a sib cross with a
very brightly coloured form much more yellow than the typical silver and
Dendrobium anosum var Huttonii.
Photo above.This species and Dend parishii
are deciduous in winter. They require a good rich media, good drainage,
lots of sunlight and a dry rest in winter.
canaliculatum nigrescens The Australian species,
this form has white tipped rich brown with purple on the labellum. This
species is a warm grower, requires lots of sunlight and is perhaps best
grown on a mount. Excellent results have been had using the back of a
terracotta saucer as a hanging mount. The link Dend
canaliculatum is to the normal yellow and white
type form for cultural notes.
Culture as for Dend anosum. It is a small compact grower and will develop
into a specimen clump when well grown.
tankarvilleae alba. This
seed is from Taiwan. The sepals and petals are a pale green, the trumpet
labellum is white. A large robust terrestrial that requires a rich
soil and leaf mould media that will drain well but stay damp. The link
is to the normal form, but is included for the culture notes.
reichenbachiana. A white flowered
species. Typical Stanhopea culture requiring a basket for the pendulous
spikes, a rich media that will stay damp but not soggy and sunlight short
of leaf burn for good flowering.
Domingoa hymenoides, Minature
species. Flowers to 2.5cm, translucent green white, striped purple on a
long wiry spike. Best grown on a mount with a little extra water, much
like a Broughtonia.This is a Cuban species, and came from a grower who
called it "The orchid Fidel Castro does not want you to have." Seedlings
are growing in small slotted pots in a perlite bark media.
Minature clumping species growing on pieces of treefern, flowering size
This grows into a spectacular clump when mounted. Flowering
size plants are growing well on pieces of treefern. See Culture; Diplocaulobiums
Paph lowii x roebellinii.
Paph Berenice. White, striped purple Paph
reobellinii crossed into the wide petal Paph
lowii, broader purple petals. A multiflowered spike with up to 6 or
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Thess mainly New Guinea species, closely allied
to Dendrobium, are generally pseudobulbous plants which grow into
Diplocaulobium arachnoides, so named
because of its large spider like flower, has a small round pseudobulb which
elongates into a long thin erect stem bearing a single leaf. The flowers
are up to about 6 cms across, opening cream white tipped pink and fading
the same day to pink.
This species will grow into very large clumps and should be potted
in either a basket or shallow pot. The media must be well drained but stay
damp without being soggy, and maximun sunlight provided short of leaf burn.
Each pseudobulb will bear a flower fron the base of the leaf, usuall all
at the same time, providing a spectacular display.
While the flowers are short lived, the plant flowers frequently,
usually after a change in temperature after rain.
is a very different plant, with smaller, longer pseudobulbs without the
elongated stem to the leaf. The flowers are also produced in profusion,
usually also after a temperature change, and are a pale yellow with a large,
almost pouch like labellum which is a burgandy colour. This species is
best grown on a mount, treefern or cork with extra water, where it will
develop into a large specimen.
Diplocaulobium carysotropsis, photo
right, is different again, and along with D. copelandii, grows as a minature
that will creep and cover a mount of treefern or cork, very much
flat against the mount.
D.carysotropsis has elegant white flowers, also produced enmass,
that do last longer.
has white flowers tipped yellow, with yellow in the labellum, and is also
best suited to a large mount.
There are several other Diplocaulobiums in cultivation, and the
culture much depends on the plant form. For the larger pseudobulbous plants,
a basket or pot is ideal and for the smaller, more minature species that
cling to the host, a slab of treefern or cork is best.
Being natives of the wet tropics, the plants should not be
allowed to dry out excessively and require a well ventilated spot with
plenty of sunlight.
While the flowers of Diplocaulobiums are short lived,
they are produced frequently and in profusion, to offer an often unexpected,
spectacular display, a delight for the day.
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niveum. A small compact grower,
exquisite, pure white dusted with fine red spots.Flowers to 6 cm.
Phalaenopsis hieroglifica. A
form of Phal lueddemanniana, cream white covered with fine markings,
but the barring is broken up and looks like hieroglyphic
writing, hence the name.
Phalaenopsis lueddemanniana. Fragrant,
iridescent, amethyst, chestnut brown, concentric cream
rings. Delicious fragance, easy grower. Both Phaleanopsis species are best
grown in a basket in an open media that will drain well. Warm growing species
from the Philippines.
Another Philippione species that is a remarkable plant, with thick curved
leaves and a branched spike of many white and pink flowers. A warm grower,
best in a small basket or well drained pot in an open media and highly
recommended as a very different showy orchid plant, even when not in flower.
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