NEWSLETTER February 2004
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nigrescens From Brazil. Green sepals and petals, blotched
chocolate, lip veined violet purple. Best grown in a large pot in a Cymbid
type media. Lots of water and fertiliser with the new growth, a drier rest
in winter to encourage flowering. Will grow happily in most conditions
from cool to warm.
Flowers to 17cm, blush white to pink somewhat bell like flowers, aka
Cattleya chocoense. It is similar to Cattleya
trianae and requires the same conditions.
ionosma Branched spike, yellow spotted brown, lip white,
heart shaped. Article Another
Like Oncidium croesus and barbatum. Sepals and petals dark brown, lip vidid
yellow. Slab culture. An intermediate grower, with lots of sunlight short
of leaf burn to encourage flowering.
species linked to photographs and cultural notes.
Seedlings 5 and 7.5 cm pots
jarkianum I.W. Philippines Spikes of waxy burgundy flowers, fragrant.
I New Guinea A minature Latourea with green and white flowers.
spicerianum giganteum C.I.W. India Clear green, white, lip green
brown, veined. Flowers to 10cm
spectabile I. New Guinea Latourea. Large weird twisted
flowers, yellow/green red stripes/spots
Rare. Smaller grower, large brilliant rose-magenta to pale rose flowers
Community pot of 6 plants
Paphiopedilum praestans x primulinum
I. Yellow striped red praestans
crossed all yellow primulinum.
A yellow Paph jogjae?
species linked to photographs and cultural notes.
suave Clear green flowers, lip with a dark disc.
wassellii Stout erect terete leaf. Showy plumes
of white flowers, slabs/basket
discolor "giant" Flowers larger than normal, rich
yellow brown, margins much crisped. Belongs to the Ceretobe Dendrobes,
see article below.
Dendrobium species SP4/B001025 Photo
below. New Guinea. New species, large chocolate brown antelope, blue labellum.
See article below
Phaius bernaysii yellow
Australia. Lutino. Like Phaius
tankervilleae but yellow with yellow and white lip.(Linked for culture
notes) Sib cross 2 good clone sthat did not self pollinate.
From the Philippines
marteae Tall spikes of large filled in fls to 8 cm, rich
dark glossy brown. Very showy Article Grammatophyllums;
In the wild and in the orchid house,
And from Brazil
Cattleya nobilior amaliae x self.
Stout bulb, flowers to 13cm, flat, glistening blue flush petals, semi alba.
Large flat textured flowers. Showy, much like
Cattleya walkeriana and linked for culture notes.
( Photo top of page) Thailand. Small growing softcane species, clusters
of pink purple flowers enmass. Fragrant. Does well in a small pot or on
a slab of trefern with extra water.
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nindii A native of North Queensland where it grows epiphytically
on the edges of mangroves and in swamps, thus requiring warm and high humidity
conditions. It also extends into New Guinea, that form usually referred
to as Dend ionoglossum.
taurinum is a very warm growing species from the tropical parts
of the Philippines. A very showy white and rich magenta antelope orchid,
often called the Bull Orchid for its large robust horn like petals.
green antelope This appears to be a cooler growing species that originated
from New Guinea. It is perhaps best described as a green Dend cochlioides,
being somewhat similar, but with larger flowers and tall twisted antlers.
Perhaps best grown on a piece of treefern, as it tends to climb up out
of a pot.
lasianthera "Sepik Blue" is a warm growing Ceretobe
Dendrobium from a wet and hot part of the world, the Sepik River
of North West New Guinea. See "Captain Blood's Sepik Blue Dendrobe"
The Ceretobe are usually rampant growers, requiring
a well drained shallow pot or basket, with a rich media that will
also drain well but still retain moisture, to stay just damp but not wet.
Maximum sunlight, even to slight leaf burn, will ensure flowering, and
ofcourse a warm place if you do not live in the wet tropics.
plant is in active growth, a lot of fertiliser will be of benefit. While
the plants can grow to a fair size, a small pot with a bit of excess sunlight
tends to keep the canes managable.
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