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In FLASK.  Photo right Dendrobium anosum var Huttonii
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Aerides 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 pink.
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.
Dend 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.
Dendrobium parishii. Culture as for Dend anosum. It is a small compact grower and will develop into a specimen clump when well grown.
Phaius 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.
Stanhopea 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.
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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.
Diplocaulobium copelandii.  Minature clumping species growing on pieces of treefern, flowering size plants,
Diplocaulobium obyrnei. This grows into a spectacular clump when mounted. Flowering size plants are growing well on pieces of treefern. See Culture; Diplocaulobiums below,
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Paph lowii x roebelliniiPaph Berenice. White, striped purple Paph reobellinii crossed into the wide petal Paph lowii, broader purple petals. A multiflowered spike with up to 6 or more flowers.
Paphiopedilum 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.
Sarcanthus pachyphyllus.  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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Culture.  Diplocaulobiums.
Thess mainly New Guinea species, closely allied to Dendrobium, are generally pseudobulbous plants which  grow into dense clumps.
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.
Diplocaulobium obyrnei 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 plant 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.
D.copelandii 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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